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20th Century Fox Released 1994

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Director:
Michael Apted
Released:
1994
Rating:
PG-13

Nell is a 1994 character drama starring Jodie Foster in an Oscar-nominated performance as an isolated woman in the North Carolina wilderness who only speaks an incomprehensible language. Raised by her disabled mother and twin sister in a remote location far from civilization, Nell (Jodie Foster) never learned to speak English or basic social skills. When Dr. Jerome Lovell (Liam Neeson) discovers Nell, the local authorities cannot decide what to do with her. Researcher Richard Libertini (Alexander Paley) wants to confine her to an asylum where she can be studied, but a local judge instead sends Jerome with Libertini's representative, Dr. Paula Olsen (Natasha Richardson), to her home environment for three months. The judge will then decide her future once he reviews their observations. Jerome and Paula take up residence nearby in a houseboat and slowly find a way to communicate with her. As they form a relationship with Nell, Jerome also tries to bring Nell to town in preparation for her court case and teach her enough language to plead her own preference for staying in the woods. Michael Apted ("Gorillas in the Mist") directs this thoughtful character drama based on the play "Idioglossia" by Mark Handley.

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