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Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud

Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud

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cast: Michel Serrault, Emmanuelle Béart, Michael Lonsadale, Jean-Hugues Anglade

year: 1995

colour: no

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director: Claude Sautet

runtime: 106

Drama The story of an exquisitely beautiful 25-year-old, Nelly, who is stuck in a bad marriage and overwhelmed by financial problems. Then she meets Monsieur Arnaud, an elegant but lonely man 40 years her senior, who, for no apparent reason, offers to pay her debts, and gives her a job typing his memoirs. With a new sense of freedom, Nelly files for divorce and begins a new life. Monsieur Arnaud becomes captivated by Nelly, and discreetly tries to seduce her. As their work together grows increasingly intimate, a new factor imposes itself: Vincent, Arnaud's publisher, is also taken with Nelly. While the two men vie for her affections, Monsieur Arnaud agonizes over his inability to have her.

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14/07/2011 - chichester962 said : mark * * * * *

This has to be one of my favourite French films due in no small part to the divine Michel Serrault
who cannot put a foot wrong. Exquisitely nuanced.

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