Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud

Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud

Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud

DVD - 2001 | French
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Nelly is a disheartened young Parisian with marriage and financial troubles. Introduced to the wealthy Arnaud by a mutual friend, Nelly agrees to assist him in his memoirs. The unlikely couple initially develop a playful flirtation, but their budding relationship is threatened when Nelly becomes involved with Arnaud's charming editor.
Publisher: New York : New Yorker Video, 2001
ISBN: 9781567302394
1567302394
Branch Call Number: DVD F Nel French
Alternative Title: Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud

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voisjoe1 Aug 07, 2014

Michel Serrault, actor in some 100 films, plays Monsieur Arnaud, a somewhat elderly ex-judge and ex-business man who hires the beautiful and young Nelly (Emmanuelle Beart) to help him word process his autobiography. The relationship is platonic, but is it really? Probably, but maybe Arnaud wishes he were 30 or 40 years younger. Or maybe he just likes Nelly as a sorta daughter. For me it doesn’t really matter. I noted that Serrault is a great actor, with many expressions with his face and his voice. I did not realize that he was the actor in Diabolique (1955) and Le Cage Aux Folles (1979) two of the greatest French films ever, films that I last saw in the 1970’s. I was truly sad to have to say goodbye to these characters as they realized at the end that their relationship was deeper than they both realized.

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