The backwoods of North Carolina is where Nell lives, all alone. She has her own form of language and no idea of a world beyond her small plot of land. Then civilisation enters her life in the form of two doctors, who discover the untamed wild child. Now that they have come to study her, Nell's life will never be the same again - but neither will theirs.
Based on Mark Handley's play Idioglossia, which means a language for one, Nell is an intriguing look at a person who has grown up without any contact with the modern world.
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Thu, 17 Dec 2009 | Review by: Riaan V
I had first seen Nell when I was very young, and unfortunately it isn't the powerful film I remember it to be.
It's a beautiful film and it certainly stirred some emotions within me, especially at the end. The scene in the bar is particularly powerful. But I have to say, this film simply doesn't do it for me.
The script is lazy and formulaic, the direction is sloppy and the film only barely scrapes through, thanks to the complex performance by Jodie Foster as the "wild child".
Also, I don't quite buy the scene near the end where Nell approaches the Judge to explain her ordeal, albeit in her own, strange language. It doesn't make sense since she's supposed to be afraid of everybody, suddenly she gets up and feels the need to explain herself... makes no sense.
Still, the film features Jodie Foster, which was worth watching through till the end. She totally believed in this character, which was evident in the fact that she produced the film.
The other thing that bothered me about this DVD was the DVD cover itself, which looks like it was printed on somebody's home computer. I'd give Nell a miss, but maybe you should decide for yourself. I rather prefer Foster's performances in Silence of the Lambs, Contact and Panic Room.
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