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Movie Review: Nora's Will

Alternate Title: Tying Up Loose Ends

Story: It is hard to imagine that a film where the main character commits suicide on the eve of Passover can be both funny and heartwarming but this gem from Mexico is just that. First time director and writer Mariana Chenillo has hit one out of the ballpark.

Nora, on her 14th attempt at suicide finally manages to be successful. She somehow is able to reach out beyond the grave to get her atheist husband, the stubborn surrounding Rabbinical community and a host of other wonderful characters to bend to her will and follow her subliminal messages.

Family secrets are slowly revealed as they prepare to bury Nora. Do you have to be Jewish to enjoy this wonderful splice of life? Certainly not - but it couldn't hurt.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBxSBH2ELjI

Acting: Fernando Luján as José is simply wonderful. The entire supporting cast including: Juan Pablo Medina (Young José), Silvia Mariscal (Nora), Marina de Tavira (Young Nora), Cecilia Suárez (Bárbara), Ari Brickman (Rubén), Verónica Langer (Aunt Leah), Enrique Arreola (Moisés) and Angelina Peláez (Fabiana) deserve awards.

Trivia: Nora's Will was the big winner at this year's Ariel Awards, held in Mexico City on Tuesday, April 13th. The Ariel Awards are Mexico's most prestigious film prize, and this year the Mexican Film Academy named Cinco Dias Sin Nora (Nora's Will) the Best Picture of the Year! Nora's Will was also awarded Best First Work, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Fernando Luján), Best Supporting Actress (Angelina Peláez), Best Original Score and Best Makeup. Writer/Director Mariana Chenillo is the first female director to win an Ariel Award for Best Picture.

Predilection: I like to see award winning films and also like films with Jewish themes.

Critters: A cat.

Food: The film revolves around the preparation of a Passover Seder so food is a big part of the film. Some hilarity will fill the theater when the atheist husband orders a pizza with sausage.

Sex Spectrum: None

Opening Titles: All titles are superimposed as we watch a faceless Nora prepare for her suicide.

Visual Art: The attention to detail is wonderful in these richly appointed Mexican apartments.

Weather: Warm

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout

Predictability Level: There were a few surprises.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Why not?

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen when it comes to your area.

Length: 90 minutes