NELLIE AND MONSIEUR ARNAUD is a snapshot of life in a very secular modern France. Nellie’s husband Jerome refuses to work, so she tries to make ends meet by taking odd jobs. One day, Monsieur Arnaud meets her and offers to pay off all of her debts. When her husband fails to react, she decides to leave him and to take the money. Monsieur Arnaud also offers her a job typing his memoirs. She takes the job and meets Arnaud’s publisher with whom she has an affair. She divorces Jerome after she finds out that he has another woman. Dejected, she breaks up with the publisher and looks to Monsieur Arnaud for solace. However, Arnaud’s wife, from whom he has been separated for many years, returns to Paris after her paramour dies. Monsieur Arnaud and his estranged wife decide to go around the world together leaving Nellie alone.
NELLIE AND MONSIEUR ARNAUD portrays the emptiness of humanism. Lives without meaning, relationships without meaning, affairs without meaning, and unrequited longings. The characters in NELLIE AND MONSIEUR ARNAUD have an acute case of boredom. They are intriguing, the filming, the direction and the dialogue is captivating, but the point of the film that life is boring is depressing. These people need the Truth that will set them free from the boredom of abundance and give real meaning to their lives.
(H, L, A, A,D) Humanist worldview; 7 obscenities; suggestive situations, unrequited fantasy & off screen adultery & fornication; no nudity but two bedroom scenes (one with woman under sheets & one with man under sheets); smoking; alcohol use; and, lying, lust & indolence.