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

How are you?


Your mother.

I'll put her on.


I can't talk now. I'm late.

I'll call you back. Bye-bye.

I liked the earrings.

See you tonight.

And Saturday.

And tomorrow?

I don't knowyet.|Call me at 8.

I don't know...

He won't do a thing.

Once I had him go|for an interview.

He waited five minutes then left.

He thinks he's above it?

I guess.

How long has it been?

Almost a year.

Try giving him a push.

That doesn't work.|He undermines everything.

He just doesn't care.

What does he do all day?


He rarely goes out.|Just for the paper.

He stays in. He watches TV.

Waiting for you.

I'm not sure about that.

Another coffee?

Two more, please.

When do you work?

In an hour.

I want to showyou|something in a shop nearby.

It's Pierre Arnaud.

I thought you were away.

I got back two days ago.

I was going to call you.|Sit down.

You know each other.|Pierre Arnaud, Nelly.

- You met...|- At your birthday.

- On the boat.|- My 40th.

- That was...|- Two years ago.



A cognac.

How is Tayeb?


I have to call him.|I'll be right back.

He has to pick up the kids.

Two years ago,|your hair was shorter.

Or lighter.


We saw each other once,|from far away.


I forgot my change.

Do you see Jacqueline often?

Pretty often.

And you?

Once in a while.

I've known her for...

I like her a lot.

She does me the pleasure|of confiding in me.

She's in good form.

I think so.

That's not for us.

Are you still married?

- His name is...|- Jerome.

Jerome, that's it.|Good sense of humor.

Insolent, but in a nice way.

You danced.|It was quite a show.

We were both drunk.

Are you happy?

Not too many worries?




You were in publishing,|with Jacqueline.

Yes, but...

the company ran into trouble.

They hired me last, so...

Yes. Times are hard.

In fact, they always are,

but your generation|was supposed to get off easy.

I've found odd jobs,|here and there.

It's none of my business,

but is it a large amount?

Six months of rent,|plus other stuff.

Don't take this wrong...

Perhaps I could be of help.

No. Thank you...

If you're having problems.

There's no reason.

You don't know me.|I wasn't trying to...

I know that.

I'd like to.

Why not?

Pay me back when and if you can.|It doesn't matter.

Thank you, but no.

Are you angry now?

It was an honest offer.

I hope so.

Did you get through?

Everything all right?

He was a judge a while ago.

Then he went into business.|Big business.

Have you known him long?

For over fifteen years.

I had an affair with him.

It wasn't passion,|but instant friendship.

I was depressed back then.

For once,|I felt that someone was listening.

- It's nearby.|- I'm in a rush.

Two minutes.

What did you talk about?

It was short, you know.|But not boring.

He's a strange guy.|Delicate, civilized.

But did you notice his eyes?|He doesn't miss a thing.

It's the black one.|What do you think?

It's nice.

Not too tight-fitting?

Come see.

You finished early?

We had to close.

We ran out of bread.

''Copy Top'' called.

Should I call back?

He said to come at 9.

Can I help?

That's okay.

I bought ham, grapes and walnuts.

I saw.

Guess what happened today.

Guess what happened to me.

I was in a caf with Jacqueline.

A guy she knows sat with us.

At one point, we were alone.

I don't know how it happened,|but he offered me 30,000 francs.

Given the circumstances,|I said yes.

He wrote me a check

which I put in the bank.

The back rent is paid.

No more debts, no more overdraft.

Everything is fine.

Who's this guy?

Jacqueline's friend.|Actually, an ex-lover.

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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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