Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nora's Will Touches Human Frailties

 "What people have inside their heads can never be known"

A disturbed woman (and a Jewish mother) commits suicide at the beginning of Passover.  Her act launches a series of conflicts about food, the taboos of burial plans, and family interactions. 
In life, she was accused of manipulating people and even after her demise she succeeds winningly in putting people at odds. From the start we discover that she has prepared all the food for the coming passover Seder meal - no easy task.  This sets the stage for the end when everyone happily consumes these foods and concedes that she wins - again.

 First there is a large delivery - about 8 boxes of frozen meat needing refrigeration The opening shows her preparing her pre-suicidal chore of the Seder and placed in the frig with directions on posted notes.  As this Jewish family (some clearly less observant than others) come to deal with burial and community feelings.the widower cavalierly offers them)  a pizza topped with bacon and pork. Then, at the story's conclusion end  a forma lSeder

 , ending Passover In the meantime, a loyal Nexican madi/cook prpares the sder food elaboratelyy and with skill accordng to Nor'as diredtoins  Before the suidcide
Nora's Will  (Cinco dias sin Nora) touching, and funny without sentimentality. A true tale Maranno Chenillo, director

With the light touch of prfeparing Gefelta fisch, this film touches on teh eccentrisities of society(especially Mexico's Jews)

Movie review: 'Nora's Will' (2008)

This tale of a man's fight against his dead ex-wife's final wishes, set in Mexico's Jewish community, has universal appeal.

Battles of wills between divorced couples are nothing new, but "Nora's Will" adds a delicious twist. The struggle in this poignant and tremendously appealing film features a man who fights a stubborn rear-guard action against his dead ex-wife's final wishes and in the process learns more than he anticipates about his family and himself.
Under its original title, "Cinco Dias Sin Nora" (Five Days Without Nora), this film was a great success in Mexico, winning seven Ariels, the Mexican Oscar, including best film, original screenplay and a pair of acting awards.
Though this is her first feature, writer-director Mariana Chenillo displays great sureness of touch behind the camera. She creates fully imagined eccentric characters, places them in a wryly comic and specific world and takes deft pokes at the occasional rigidity of organized religion in the process.
That religion is Judaism, and the Nora of the title is enough of a believer to be shown in the film's opening minutes carefully setting the table for what looks to be a formal and elaborate Passover Seder. Without ever seeing her face or hearing her speak, we know before the credits are over that Nora is both strong-willed and meticulous.
How meticulous, her ex-husband Jose (Ariel winner Fernando Luján, in a pitch-perfect performance) is about to rediscover. Divorced from Nora for decades but still living in an apartment across the street, Jose is lured into Nora's place by an elaborate stratagem only to find that his ex-wife has taken an overdose of sleeping pills and, in her 15th attempt in 30 years, finally succeeded in killing herself.
Nora has not only carefully arranged for her death — she left her cat with a neighbor by pretending to be on vacation — she also has plans for the next few days. By committing suicide on the eve of Passover, she has ensured that she can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery for four days, especially because her son Ruben (Ari Brickman) and daughter-in-law Barbara (Cecilia Suárez) a

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