Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud
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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 Nelly's debt. She agrees and is later so disappointed by her husband's indifferent reaction… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Alex Albanese, Boxoffice Magazine
"[Sautet's] insights into human nature are revealing, if extremely subtle."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"With a fine appreciation for the nuances of polite repression, Sautet makes a quiet, careful study of these two lonely people."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"These are two great actors giving top-notch performances, and the restrained romance they project is fascinating."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Takes a familiar French story of a May-December romance and renders it with unexpected nuance and uncommon wisdom."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"Sautet avoids the pitfalls of the usual May-December romance by eschewing all the cliches."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Impeccably performed psychodrama about the search for intimacy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sautet makes movies about the you that you think only you know."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"These characters are so realistically drawn that I did not for a minute think I was observing actors, rather I was eavesdropping on real life."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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