Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud Reviews

  • Oct 07, 2018

    story told with French elegance

    story told with French elegance

  • Apr 13, 2018

    This movie is good, but it lacks something that "A Heart In Winter" had, some elegancy. But still it's better than an average romance movie, it carefully and passionately touches on the subject of human interactions, on getting older, on loneliness.

    This movie is good, but it lacks something that "A Heart In Winter" had, some elegancy. But still it's better than an average romance movie, it carefully and passionately touches on the subject of human interactions, on getting older, on loneliness.

  • Jul 19, 2013

    The attraction develops delicately and the dilemma it brings is explored with subtlety... Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud is yet another film that fortifies my belief in French cinema...

    The attraction develops delicately and the dilemma it brings is explored with subtlety... Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud is yet another film that fortifies my belief in French cinema...

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    John B Super Reviewer
    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.

    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.

  • Oct 06, 2011

    a quiet but engaging movie that seems now like a period piece no cell phones macs, tablets etc but was current in 1995 Beart reminds me of a french angelina joolie great performances by all as a woman changes her life sheds her good for nothing loafer husband and begins to build a new life for herself with the help of a friend's former lover.

    a quiet but engaging movie that seems now like a period piece no cell phones macs, tablets etc but was current in 1995 Beart reminds me of a french angelina joolie great performances by all as a woman changes her life sheds her good for nothing loafer husband and begins to build a new life for herself with the help of a friend's former lover.

  • Oct 21, 2010

    Claude Sautet achève son Å"uvre comme il l'avait commencà (C)e par un très beau film, forme aboutie du prà (C)cà (C)dent (Un cÅ"ur en hiver). A la fois sensible et privilà (C)giant les acteurs, il dresse le portrait d'une femme, Nelly, en quête de dialogue et d'affection en marge d'une vie amoureuse moderne caractà (C)risà (C)e par les rapports de force et le consumà (C)risme. Face à elle, un autoportrait de Claude Sautet en Michel Serrault qui cueille les derniers plaisirs que lui offre sa vie d'homme expà (C)rimentà (C) mais âgà (C). Ah, si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait... Excellent, à revoir.

    Claude Sautet achève son Å"uvre comme il l'avait commencà (C)e par un très beau film, forme aboutie du prà (C)cà (C)dent (Un cÅ"ur en hiver). A la fois sensible et privilà (C)giant les acteurs, il dresse le portrait d'une femme, Nelly, en quête de dialogue et d'affection en marge d'une vie amoureuse moderne caractà (C)risà (C)e par les rapports de force et le consumà (C)risme. Face à elle, un autoportrait de Claude Sautet en Michel Serrault qui cueille les derniers plaisirs que lui offre sa vie d'homme expà (C)rimentà (C) mais âgà (C). Ah, si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait... Excellent, à revoir.

  • Doctor S 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.

    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.

  • Apr 07, 2010

    Interesting juxtapositional piece about the platonic relationship between a younger and an older singleton.

    Interesting juxtapositional piece about the platonic relationship between a younger and an older singleton.

  • Jan 31, 2010

    almost every script Emmanuelle Béart chooses is bound to be good, but the raw forwardness and rather contrived innuendoes make it blatently obvious it was written with her casting in mind during her peak years, before her meg-ryan style plastic surgery debauchery. targeted largely to the older male audience to cater for the well known yet frustrated french appetite for excellent choices in immaculate young beauties of the opposite sex. not living to it's full potential, the dialog reaches a plateau of brilliance midway which it does not manage to maintain till the end, yet it finds strength in it's cheekiness and articulate anecdotes underpined by the rich history of Michel Serrault's character. enjoyable, even the second time around.

    almost every script Emmanuelle Béart chooses is bound to be good, but the raw forwardness and rather contrived innuendoes make it blatently obvious it was written with her casting in mind during her peak years, before her meg-ryan style plastic surgery debauchery. targeted largely to the older male audience to cater for the well known yet frustrated french appetite for excellent choices in immaculate young beauties of the opposite sex. not living to it's full potential, the dialog reaches a plateau of brilliance midway which it does not manage to maintain till the end, yet it finds strength in it's cheekiness and articulate anecdotes underpined by the rich history of Michel Serrault's character. enjoyable, even the second time around.

  • Oct 19, 2009

    From acclaimed French director Claude Sautet, (best known for Les choses de la vie (1970) and Un coeur en hiver (1992), comes this moving and touching drama with a different kind of friendship at it's core. It's very focused and lowkey, but it was a surprise hit upon original release. It begins with Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart), a young woman who is about to go through with a divorce and is tired of her husband Jerôme (Charles Berling), for being such a slacker. Through a chance encounter, she meets M. Pierre Arnaud (Michel Serrault), a rich retired magistrate and businessman whose wife lives in Geneve with another man, and whose children hardly speak to him. A friendship begins between the two, and Arnaud even helps Nelly by giving her 30,000 francs to pay off her debts, in return, she helps Arnaud to finish his memoirs, but when Nelly begins an affair with Arnaud's book editor Vincent Granec (Jean-Hugues Anglade), Arnaud becomes jealous. It's very well made, almost like a play, but it has two brilliant lead performances and is very engaging. Look out for Michael Lonsdale, (Drax from Moonraker), as Dolabella, who Arnaud has mysterious ties with.

    From acclaimed French director Claude Sautet, (best known for Les choses de la vie (1970) and Un coeur en hiver (1992), comes this moving and touching drama with a different kind of friendship at it's core. It's very focused and lowkey, but it was a surprise hit upon original release. It begins with Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart), a young woman who is about to go through with a divorce and is tired of her husband Jerôme (Charles Berling), for being such a slacker. Through a chance encounter, she meets M. Pierre Arnaud (Michel Serrault), a rich retired magistrate and businessman whose wife lives in Geneve with another man, and whose children hardly speak to him. A friendship begins between the two, and Arnaud even helps Nelly by giving her 30,000 francs to pay off her debts, in return, she helps Arnaud to finish his memoirs, but when Nelly begins an affair with Arnaud's book editor Vincent Granec (Jean-Hugues Anglade), Arnaud becomes jealous. It's very well made, almost like a play, but it has two brilliant lead performances and is very engaging. Look out for Michael Lonsdale, (Drax from Moonraker), as Dolabella, who Arnaud has mysterious ties with.