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Nora’s Will

Directed by: Mariana Chenillo
90 Minutes, 2010, Comedy; Drama

When his ex-wife Nora dies right before Passover, Jose 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 Jose to reexamine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other.


Director: Mariana Chenillo

Producer: Mariana Chenillo

Producer: Laura Imperiale

Cast: Fernando Luján

Cast: Cecilia Suárez

Cast: Ari Brickman

Cast: Verónica Langer

Written by: Mariana Chenillo

Distributor: Menemsha Films


"Tremendously appealing... This tale of a man's fight against his dead ex-wife's final wishes, set in Mexico's Jewish community, has universal appeal."

-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times (One of Turan’s Top Ten Films of the Year)

“An unexpectedly droll tale about a funeral, "Nora's Will" demonstrates the power of some people to reach beyond the grave.”

-John Hartl, Seattle Times

“In her feature film debut, Mexican writer/director Mariana Chenillo has woven a genuine charmer, tartly funny and irreverent yet warm and poignant, a testament to enduring love.”

-Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

“Lujan does what only the best actors can -- infusing the slightness not with actual substance but at least with the idea of substance, with a road map to where the writer could have located it. In Nora's Will, his performance points the way.”


-Rick Groen, Globe and Mail