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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 Fran?ois 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 th...
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CastLiam Neeson
DirectorMichael Apted
Release Date:  1994
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
DVD Release Date:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (April 04, 2006)
Runtime:  1hr 54min
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review by . May 13, 2000
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Pros: Foster, a talent of the highest caliber     Cons: ....     A haunting and thought provoking tale of a girl/woman growing up alone in the backwoods of North Carolina. Discovered after a store owner delivers groceries and finds the body of Nell's mother lying on the floor, she is suddenly thrust into a spotlight she neither wants nor understands.      The local doctor, Jerry Lovell, finds Nell hiding in the back room of the cabin and …
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