Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 1
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 843
Almost a follow-up to director Claude Sautet's Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud further explores repressed emotions and failed relationships. Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart), an attractive young woman, is six months behind in her rent and struggling with odd jobs, while her husband (Charles Berling) lies in bed reading newspapers and watching TV. Her friend Jacqueline introduces her to Pierre Arnaud (Michel Serrault), a retired judge and wealthy ex-businessman, who offers to settle
Apr 12, 1996 Wide
Mar 8, 2005
Manager of the Print...
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
Writer-director Sautet's great achievement is to introduce a world of undefinable impulses; the two actors' great achievement is to step into that world and experience them.
With a fine appreciation for the nuances of polite repression, Sautet makes a quiet, careful study of these two lonely people.
It's one sign of Sautet's success that, though he presents neither character as especially admirable or exceptional, he makes us care about them a great deal.
Sautet avoids the pitfalls of the usual May-December romance by eschewing all the cliches.
It is a matter of great erotic fascination when two people are intrigued by the notion of becoming lovers, but are held back by the fear of rejection _and_ the fear of involvement.
The film's structure and resolute lack of closure deeply subvert American expectations of how a movie should be, how a movie should work and how a story is told. But it's worth a look, however quizzical.
Takes a familiar French story of a May-December romance and renders it with unexpected nuance and uncommon wisdom.
[Sautet's] insights into human nature are revealing, if extremely subtle.
Audience Reviews for Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud
Discuss Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud on our Movie forum!