Nora's Will


Film Info

Country Mexico
Language Spanish
Year of Release 2010
Running Time 90 minutes


Director Mariana Chenillo
Writer Mariana Chenillo
Producer Laura Imperiale


José Fernando Luján
Bárbara Cecilia Suárez
Rubén Ari Brickman
Aunt Leah Verónica Langer
Moisés Enrique Arreola
Fabiana Angelina Peláez
Nora Silvia Mariscal
Young Nora Marina de Tavira
Young José Juan Pablo Medina
Dr. Nurko Juan Carlos Colombo
Rabbi Kolatch Martin LaSalle
Rabbi Jackowitz Max Kerlow



Nora's Will is a comedy like nothing you've seen before, a truly unique tale of lost faith and eternal love from one of Mexico’s most talented new filmmakers, writer/director Mariana Chenillo. Nora's Will was named Mexico’s Best Picture of the Year, taking home seven Ariel Awards. Chenillo is the first female director ever to win Mexico’s Best Picture award.

When his ex-wife Nora dies right before Passover, José (Fernando Luján) is forced to stay with her body until she can be properly put to rest. He soon realizes he is part of Nora's plan to bring her family back together for one last Passover feast, leading José to reexamine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other.

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Film Critic Leonard Maltin Picks "Nora's WIll"

Esteemed critic Leonard Maltin has selected the Mexican comedy Nora's Will to be part of "Leonard Maltin Recommends", his collection of historically significant films and modern movies that you may have missed (presented by Kaleidescape). Leonard also offers his appreciation for the rest of Menemsha's library!

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Read Leonard's complete list of films here.

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Nora's Will - The award-winning, critically acclaimed Mexican comedy is available now!

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Leonard Maltin Raves About "Nora's Will" - Now Available on DVD!

From Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy - October 18th, 2011

"Last year I became an advocate for a Mexican import called Nora’s Will that, I’m happy to say, is now available on DVD. It first came to my attention because I put considerable stock in Menemsha Films, the small, dedicated distributor that acquired it for U.S. release. Company founder Neil Friedman was so convinced that it would be a word-of-mouth success that he opened it in New York and Los Angeles—and did better business the second weekend than he did the first (despite a lone negative review from The New York Times.

Now that the film is available for viewing at home, I hope it will reach an even wider audience.

Quiet, original, irreverent, ironic: these are some of the adjectives that describe Mariana Chenillo’s bittersweet comedy —it’s so well realized that it left me with a smile of satisfaction—a reward too few films offer nowadays. I suspect other, flashier foreign films with bigger promotional budgets will capture the lion’s share of media attention this movie season, but I doubt any will surpass this one for pure enjoyment."

Read Leonard's full review at IndieWire!


Seattle Magazine

Editor's Pick! "The warm comedy—which won Mexico’s Best Picture in 2010—carefully balances melancholy, romance and humor in telling the story of a man battling the last request of his newly deceased ex-wife."

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Entertainment Weekly

"Delightful... a fantastic first feature from rising director Mariana Chenillo. Watch for her."

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Mexican Academy of Film
Ariel Awards 2009
- Best Picture of the Year
- Best Actor (Fernando Luján)
- Best Supporting Actress
(Angelina Peláez)
- Best Original Screenplay
(Mariana Chenillo)
- Best Score (Dario Gonzalez)
- Best Makeup
- Best First Film (Mariana Chenillo)

Audience Award
Athens Jewish Film Festival 2011

Jury Award
Best Director, Best First Film
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2009

Best Film
Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2009

Silver St. George Award - Best Director
Moscow International Film Festival 2009

Audience Award
Miami International Film Festival 2009

Audience Award
Morelia International Film Festival 2008

A.F.C.A.E Award for Best Film
Biarritz International Festival of Latin American Cinema 2009

Best Mexican Film
Expresion en Corto International Film Festival 2009

Grand Coral Award
Havana Film Festival 2009

Silver Colon Award
Best Actor (Fernando Luján)
Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2009

Best Screenplay
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2009

Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
Cine Las Americas Film Festival 2009

Additional info

Director Mariana Chenillo sat down to talk about Nora’s Will, and how the film is not about death but rather about love and forgiveness. Take a look! (Video in Spanish)

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