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What may have been profound and poetic on the page feels redundant and banal on screen.
What anchors the proceedings is the lead performance of Mylene Mackay, whose star will definitely be on the rise after this sexy, galvanizing turn.
The character Ms. Émond and Ms. Mackay create is not likable, but is puzzling in an engrossing way.
Émond obviously has deep feeling for Arcan, and "Nelly" is a sincere and respectful attempt to do at least partial, fragmentary justice to a troubled woman...
Though occasionally bogged down by a slow pace, Nelly is a tale that will intrigue you while simultaneously breaking your heart.
Nelly audaciously renders the contradictions and uncertainties of a writer's inchoate life, even if its central figure remains slightly out of focus.
MacKay is impressive in her ability to work with these layers, letting neither pain nor playfulness overwhelm her character and giving us poignant glimpses of the person underneath.
Mylène Mackay delivers a towering performance...
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