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Nora's Will



José (Fernando Luján) has been divorced from Nora for 20 years, and they were married at least that long. Now he keeps an apartment across from hers, and she keeps binoculars.

Just before Passover, she succeeds in killing herself after decades of attempts, and José is convinced that she planned for him to discover her body — as well as the full Seder meal prepared in carefully labeled Tupperware.

Nora's Will takes place almost entirely in the dun apartment that José and Nora once shared, where no furniture has seemingly been bought since he left. Rabbi, family and servants come and go around José, who is ironic rather than visibly bereaved, a lapsed Jew who wolfs down ham pizza in front of his abstaining co-religionists.

Logistical problems, such as finding a Jewish cemetery in Mexico City that will accept the body of a suicide, erode José's stoicism — along with inchoate feelings stirred up by a stray photograph from 1969, suggesting another lover in Nora's life, as in a De Maupassant story.

Throughout, writer and director Mariana Chenillo and Luján carefully unwrap José's defensive postures to reveal a hard center of unresolved emotion. 

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