Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud DVD - 1995 French film directed by Claude Sautet. When Nelly, a woman being just divorced, meets by chance M. Arnaud, a mature salesman just retired, begins a strange and special relationship between the two personalities. Nelly is underemployed, in debt, and married to a slacker. She meets Arnaud, a wealthy retired magistrate and businessman whose wife lives in Geneve with another man and whose children hardly speak to him. He offers to pay her debts, no strings attached. She leaves her husband and accepts Arnaud's gift. He then offers a job typing and editing his memoirs, which she takes. She is beautiful, amused, detached; he is observant and probing. She meets his youthful publisher, they begin a love affair. When that ends and it is also clear that her husband and she are irreconcilable, Nelly's delicate friendship with Arnaud is her refuge. Then his wife returns and things must change. Stars Emmanuelle Béart, Michel Serrault and Jean-Hugues Anglade. 106 minutes, unrated. Screenplay available as well!
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