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Nelly and Mr. Arnaud

Nelly and Mr. Arnaud
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Film poster
Directed by Claude Sautet
Produced by Antoine Gannagé
Alain Sarde
Written by Jacques Fieschi
Claude Sautet
Yves Ulmann
Starring Emmanuelle Béart
Michel Serrault
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Music by Philippe Sarde
Cinematography Jean-François Robin
Edited by Jacqueline Thiédot
Distributed by Bac Films (France)
Release date
  • 18 October 1995 (1995-10-18) (France)
Running time
106 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $9 million
Box office $19.5 million[1]

Nelly and Mr. Arnaud (French: Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud) is a 1995 French film directed by Claude Sautet and starring Michel Serrault, Emmanuelle Béart and Jean-Hugues Anglade. It won the César Award for Best Director and Best Actor from Michel Serrault.


Nelly (Béart) is married to Jerôme (Berling), a man who has stopped working or searching for work. Nelly has a part-time job at a printing shop but she has fallen six months behind on the rent for the apartment in which she lives with her husband.

Talking with Jacquelline at a coffee shop, she meets Pierre Arnaud, a wealthy, retired businessman. After determining Nelly is encumbered with debt, Arnaud spontaneously decides to give Nelly 30,000 francs as a gift. Nelly reluctantly accepts, pays off her overdue rent and moves out of the apartment.

Nelly agrees to type up Arnaud's memoirs, but Arnaud insists this will not be to repay the money he already gave her, he will pay her for this work. Nelly thus learns more about Arnaud's life: he was a judge in a French colony, and later a businessman. Nelly has an affair with Arnaud's editor. Arnaud feels a little jealous.


Awards and nominations

  • BAFTA Awards (UK)
    • Nominated: Best Film not in the English Language
  • César Awards (France)
    • Won: Best Actor – Leading Role (Michel Serrault)
    • Won: Best Director (Claude Sautet)
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Supporting Role (Jean-Hugues Anglade)
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Supporting Role (Michael Lonsdale)
    • Nominated: Best Actress – Leading Role (Emmanuelle Béart)
    • Nominated: Best Actress – Supporting Role (Claire Nadeau)
    • Nominated: Best Editing (Jacqueline Thiédot)
    • Nominated: Best Film
    • Nominated: Best Music (Philippe Sarde
    • Nominated: Best Sound (Pierre Lenoir and Jean-Paul Loublier)
    • Nominated: Best Writing (Jacques Fieschi and Claude Sautet)
  • David di Donatello Awards (Italy)
    • Won: Best Foreign Film
  • Valladolid Film Festival
  • Won: Louis Delluc Prize


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