Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud
Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Alex Albanese
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

With a fine appreciation for the nuances of polite repression, Sautet makes a quiet, careful study of these two lonely people.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

These are two great actors giving top-notch performances, and the restrained romance they project is fascinating.

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Stephen Farber
Movieline

Takes a familiar French story of a May-December romance and renders it with unexpected nuance and uncommon wisdom.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Impeccably performed psychodrama about the search for intimacy.

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Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

Sautet makes movies about the you that you think only you know.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
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… More
Doctor Strangeblog
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… More