Nelly | Chicago Reader


A physician's wife (Sophie Marceau) returns home from a day at the beach with her children and finds her husband dead from “natural causes.” She's soon confronted by a series of increasingly absurd situations involving her in-laws, the death-certification process, and the proper removal of her husband's body. This could easily have been played as farce—the festival's program inaccurately describes it as a wacky black comedy—and there certainly are touches of wry humor. But director Laure Duthilleul's approach is subtle and refreshingly ambiguous. The wife's true feelings about her marriage and complicated relationship with her husband's family are revealed only gradually, and the film gracefully reflects the ephemeral nature of her inner struggles. In French with subtitles. 94 min.

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