Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud/
Monsieur Arnaud is captivated by Nelly's astounding
beauty at a casual cafe introduction. Arnaud, in his mid-sixties and Nelly
close to thirty are both people in need. Arnaud, separated 20 years
from his wife, is a former provincial judge and later a very successful
businessman. Nelly has just decided to separate from her husband of five
Arnaud is searching for passion, Nelly is
searching for herself. A fascinating relationship develops unlike anything
you’ve really ever watched in the movies. Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud
is by nature a talky film. Much of the plot evolves around Arnaud's
autobiography as he dictates passages to Nelly. For all its verbosity, so
much plays in between the lines. Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud is
textured with reality. It's easy to become involved with these characters.
You don’t want the film to end.
older than Nelly. ©New Yorker
Emmanuel Béart is a striking beauty. Ever since
appearing in Manon of the Spring, she has been acknowledged as one of
the great international beauties. Béart is a fine actress, with a hint of
mystery about her. All eyes focus on Nelly as captured by Béart. Michael
Serrault’s precision in the role of Arnaud is wonderful. There's
intelligence behind every glance. Arnaud's disdainful self awareness
is finely sculpted by Serrault. And this is the same man who created the
hilarious role of Albin the transvestite in La Cage aux Folles twenty
Directed and co-written by the late Claude Sautet
(1924-2000), a senior Frenchman whose command over quiet domestic
dramas Béart , Un Coeur en Hiver. Sautet directs with domestic
patience, calmly nudges his characters forward.
The production elements disappear behind the professional
treatment. Interiors are well lit capturing and embellishing mood. First
rate all the way.
DVD presentation is pretty straight forward. The
anamorphic 16 x 9 enhanced images are sharp throughout. No detail is lost.
Colors are stable and consistent. There's a nice film-like sense about the
transfer. Blacks are creamy smooth and contrast is effortless. Dolby Digital
2-chnnel stereo is clean and the removable yellow English subtitles are
provided to translate the French language.
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