WriterJacques Fieschi, Claude Sautet, Yves Ulmann Release date18 October 1995 (1995-10-18) (France) Movies and TV showsThe Longest Yard, Reach Me, Snipes SongsDilemma Similar moviesBreakfast at Tiffany's, The Apartment, Rebecca, Lost in Translation, Prime, Hard Candy
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.
Emmanuelle Béart as Nelly
Michel Serrault as Pierre Arnaud
Jean-Hugues Anglade as Vincent Granec
Claire Nadeau as Jacqueline
Françoise Brion as Lucie
Michèle Laroque as Isabelle
Michael Lonsdale as Dolabella
Charles Berling as Jerôme
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)