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Based on the life and electrifying writings of former sex worker-turned-bestselling novelist Nelly Arcan (born Isabelle Fortier), acclaimed director/writer Anne Émond's (NUIT #1, OUR LOVED ONES) third feature is a powerhouse drama of sexuality and solitude. Arcan's first novel "Putain" ("Whore") enjoyed instant critical and popular success upon its release in 2001. Émond explores Nelly's (Mylène Mackay) blurring of identities as she struggles to make meaning in her life while simultaneously performing that life in various personae. NELLY is an arresting tale of a brilliant yet troubled woman haunted by her past, her beauty and her uncertain future. (Note courtesy of Dada Films.) DIR/SCR Anne Émond, from the novels "Folle" and "Putain" by Nelly Arcan; PROD Nicole Robert. Canada, 2016, color, 101 min. In English and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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101 Minutes
Drama, biography

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