November 10, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it an A-

We never see Nora’s face. Right at the beginning of Nora’s Will, the Mexican-Jewish divorced grandma kills herself with pills in her polished apartment in the days before Passover. She also plots some unusual consequences of her demise — especially for her grumpy atheist ex-husband (Fernando Luján) — with meticulous (and somewhat mischievous) care. This dark but warm, delightfully fluid Spanish-language comedy about family, suicide, recipes, rabbis, secrets, Jewish burial traditions, and Christian florists is a fantastic first feature from rising director Mariana Chenillo. Watch for her. A-

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