Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud
Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1996)

Nelly is behind on her rent and saddled with an unemployed and uninterested husband. When she meets Monsieur Arnaud, an older and wealthier man, Nelly sees a chance to escape from poverty and loneliness. Arnaud enlists her help with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 12, 1996
DVD 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.

James Berardinelli

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

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Stephen Farber

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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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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.

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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