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Nelly (2018)

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A high-class prostitute by choice, Nelly Arcan's colorful life is recreated in a multi-layered and stylish mix of make-believe and memoir, revealing Nelly's alter egos: the neurotic writer, the vulnerable lover, the call girl and the star. Nelly shocked the literary world with her elegant writing and the lurid details of sex work in her autobiographical first novel, Whore, which became a critically acclaimed bestseller. Despite unprecedented success, Nelly's remarkable life ended in tragedy.

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

What may have been profound and poetic on the page feels redundant and banal on screen.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

What anchors the proceedings is the lead performance of Mylene Mackay, whose star will definitely be on the rise after this sexy, galvanizing turn.

September 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The character Ms. Émond and Ms. Mackay create is not likable, but is puzzling in an engrossing way.

September 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Émond obviously has deep feeling for Arcan, and "Nelly" is a sincere and respectful attempt to do at least partial, fragmentary justice to a troubled woman...

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Nelly audaciously renders the contradictions and uncertainties of a writer's inchoate life, even if its central figure remains slightly out of focus.

September 6, 2018 | Full Review…

MacKay is impressive in her ability to work with these layers, letting neither pain nor playfulness overwhelm her character and giving us poignant glimpses of the person underneath.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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