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Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart) can see that her life is headed downhill. Her husband, Jerôme (Charles Berling), hasn't had a job in ages, and the two are falling perilously behind in their rent. Good fortune comes Nelly's way when she meets Pierre Arnaud (Michel Serrault), a well-to-do businessman who, as if on a whim, settles her debts and hires her as his personal secretary. While Pierre's interest appears to be platonic, that changes when Nelly starts up a relationship with his publisher.

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Critic Reviews for Nelly & Monsieur Arnold

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  • Jan 30, 2012
    I'm a sucker for Emmanuelle Beart films but I truly enjoy them from an artistic point of view. Nelly works well with Arnaud despite their difference in "years of experience". Chalk up another compelling French drama.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2010
    Or, <i>There's Something About Nelly</i> as seemingly everyone she meets tries to get closer. This slice-of-life film is as slicey-of-lifey as they come. There are no moral judgments or psychological analyses, what you see is what you get - a period of several months from the time Nelly meets a wealthy elderly man to when he leaves for an extended period of time. We see snippets of their lives and their friends' lives, but inner identities and motivations remain guarded secrets. I considered giving 4 stars for the excellent acting craftsmanship, but upon assessing my experience after it was over, without any deeper message the film seems rather "slight." If there is an underlying message, I guess it is that the choices we must make in life affect others as much as they affect ourselves. If you enjoyed Emmanuelle Béart in <i>Un Coeur en Hiver</i>, again directed by Claude Sautet, you'll certainly appreciate her performance and otherworldly beauty in this one too.
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