Mariana Chenillo

A Suicide In The Family

Mexican-Jewish director Mariana Chenillo
mines her grandparents’ story in ‘Nora’s Will.’

10/12/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Beginning writers and filmmakers are always told, “Write what you know.” While that is certainly sound advice, it should come with a warning label that reads, “May lead to hurt feelings among friends and family, screaming, yelling, possible bloody nose.” Mariana Chenillo, whose superb first feature film “Nora’s Will” opens on Friday, managed to avoid all of those pitfalls, but drawing on her family history for the film’s story was not without its nervous moments.

Fernando Luján as a cynical, weary man who has suffered with his wife’s suicide attempts in “Nora’s Will.”
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