Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Claude Sautet
Production: Rialto Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations.
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106 min

An old man. Very nice.



You knew him before?

Sort of... from sight.

Was it a gift or a loan?

I'll pay him back if I can,|but it doesn't matter.

He doesn't care.

Good news, huh?

Not hungry?

Does she have a lot of friends|like him?

I'm just kidding.

What do you expect me to say?


It's too late to object.

What else is new?


A guy came by at 4.|A door-to-door salesman.

He was peddling encyclopedias.

I listened.|He felt like talking.

He kept you company.

I'm leaving you.

We're breaking up.

I can't go on like this.

Do you understand?

Is this really what you want?


Then you stay here. I can...

I'd rather leave.

I'll manage.

Under the table?

I'll pay you back someday.

No you won't!

Yes I will.|I owe you this money.

Don't be stupid.

I'm happy to do this.

It's more satisfying|than gambling it away.

You owe me nothing.|I want that understood.

What will you have? A liqueur?

A cognac?

Another one.

Do you come here every day?


I like walking.

I change neighborhoods|and watch people.

You never walk around Paris?|You have no spare time.

I'm not into that.

Time is a luxury.

You should travel.

I used to, but a long time ago.

Do you ever get bored?

Sometimes I get nervous, but...

That's normal.|It's part of life.

Boredom is humiliating.

When you feel it coming,|it's unpleasant.

So you have no time.

I feel like I waste my time.

You're still allowed to.

One other thing:

can you use a word processor?

Of course.|That was my first job.

I'm trying to write a book.

I'm no writer.|It's my memoirs. Exotic stuff.

I once was a judge in the islands.

By chance,

I mentioned it to an editor.|A young guy. Dynamic.

To my surprise,|he was interested.

So I started,|nose to the grindstone.

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Jacques Fieschi

Jacques Fieschi (born 1948) is a French screenwriter. He has written for more than 30 films since 1985. He wrote and directed the film French California, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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