"You must see Jodie Foster, an incredible performance. A wonderful film. Joel Seigel, Good Morning America
|The lives of a doctor and a psychologist are unexpectedly transformed by a reclusive woman raised in the woods who speaks a strange, impenetrable language dubbed 'nellish'.|
The backwoods of North Carolina is where Nell (Jodie Foster) lives, all alone. She has her own form of language and no idea of a world beyond her small plot of land. Then civilization enters her life in the form of two doctors (Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson), 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--like the famous wild boy of Aveyron portrayed in François Truffaut's WILD CHILD. Foster is excellent in delivering Nell's unique language and body movements, while Neeson and Richardson are intense in their sparring over how Nell should be treated. For eclectic director Michael Apted, this film is just one of several (COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER and GORILLAS IN THE MIST) he has made about women who are not easily categorized. NELL is also the first film from Foster's production company, Egg Pictures.
Cast & Crew
A woman who has lived in the wild with hardly any human contact is discovered by a pair of scientists. They try to study her and decipher her language and her amazing story, ultimately learning more about themselves.
|"You have big things. You know big things. But you don't look into each other's eyes. And you're hungry for quietness."----Jerome Lovell (Liam Neeson) translating Nell (Jodie Foster) to the court
"...Foster gives an audacious performance..."
Los Angeles Times
"...By the time NELL is over, Foster's passionate performance will make almost everyone believe..."
"...NELL is an effective film, and a moving one. That is largely because of the strange beauty of Jodie Foster's performance..."