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Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora) (2009)

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94

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

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Nora had a plan. It would bring her ex-husband, Jose, and the rest of their family together for a magnificent Passover feast. But there is a flaw in her plan- a mysterious photograph from the past, hidden under the bed, which leads Jose to reexamine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other.-- (C) Menemsha Films

Unrated,

Drama, Comedy

Mariana Chenillo

Oct 18, 2011

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (4) | DVD (1)

An unexpectedly droll tale about a funeral, "Nora's Will" demonstrates the power of some people to reach beyond the grave.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This is a very wise film, without any stench of didacticism: Through it all, the abiding power - like the strong force of an atomic bond - is not love exactly, but relationship, the net that wraps us all together and holds us fast.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Lujan does what only the best actors can -- infusing the slightness not with actual substance but at least with the idea of substance, with a road map to where the writer could have located it. In Nora's Will, his performance points the way.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In her feature film debut, Mexican writer/director Mariana Chenillo has woven a genuine charmer, tartly funny and irreverent yet warm and poignant, a testament to enduring love.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The tone is tricky, sliding along a tightrope of farce and wistfulness, but Luján especially walks it like a pro, his ruined leonine face registering cynicism, shock, and the embarrassment of grief.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Chenillo doesn't have a galvanic visual style but her film is filled with small, observant moments when the humanity of these people peeps through the low-key shenanigans. It's a bittersweet farce.

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Luján, a veteran of over 100 Spanish-language movies and television programs,... finds just the right tone to make José's dilemma both poignant and humorous.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Although there are conflicts and revelations, the movie takes a low-key approach to it all.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Yes, you read that right: Jewish suicide comedy.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nora's orchestrated suicide may have been a clever gimmick on the page, but onscreen it's a profoundly s----y thing to do to her loved ones.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Chenillo is a smart filmmaker, but the film is too tidy. Maybe next time out, she'll really get her hands dirty.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

... a complex, nuanced, darkly amusing, yet poignant film.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Softly rendered by Mariana Chenillo, the first woman to win a Mexican Academy Award for best director, and the quotidian rhythms are reminiscent of the recent Italian film "Mid-August Lunch."

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Another film about a family meal, "Nora's Will' is a fascinating glimpse into a Mexican-Jewish community and a nicely told, more-than-slightly twisted fable of love.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Chenillo maintains a tone of gentle absurdity until the sentimental ending.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A spiritually rich Mexican drama about a Jewish woman's death and the experiences of her inner circle of family and friends.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

"Nora's Will" will hold more meaning for mature audiences in tune with the range of emotions that José attempts to repress while coming to peace with letting go of the woman who consumed his every attention in life.

October 23, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Audience Reviews for Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora)

Cinco Dias Sin Nora is truly a touching, without being very sentimentalist, and funny picture about a distant family, faith, depression, conjugal life and religion. A very good exemple of our Latin Cinema. Fresh.
July 4, 2012
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