Nora's Will

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Nora's Will
Cinco días sin Nora.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Mariana Chenillo
Produced by Mariana Chenillo, Laura Imperiale
Written by Mariana Chenillo
Starring Fernando Luján
Music by Dario González Valderrama
Release date
  • 6 October 2008 (2008-10-06)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Nora's Will (Spanish: Cinco días sin Nora, also released as Five Days Without Nora) is a 2008 Mexican drama film written and directed by Mariana Chenillo. It was entered into the 31st Moscow International Film Festival.[1]


Nora commits suicide in a timely way consistent with her plan to bring her ex-husband, Jose (Luján), and the rest of their family together for a Passover together.

A photograph from the past, hidden under the bed, leads Jose to reexamine their relationship.[2]

This story begins when Jose finds out that Nora, the woman he'd been married to for 30 years and then divorced, has committed suicide. The rabbi explains to Jose that due to the celebration of the Passover festivities, together with a few other factors, if Nora is not buried that same day, they will have to wait almost five days to be able to carry out the burial. It turns out that before she died, Nora devised a Machiavellian plan in order for him to take care of her funeral. But she missed something, a mysterious photograph left under the bed will lead to an unexpected outcome which will remind us that sometimes the greatest love stories are hidden in the smallest places.



Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 88% based on reviews from 33 critics, with a "Certified Fresh" rating.[3]


Biarritz Festival Latin America,

Expresión en Corto International Film Festival,

  • Best First Film[5]

Havana Film Festival,

  • Grand Coral - Third Prize[6]

Huelva Latin American Film Festival,

  • Best Actor (Fernando Luján)[7]

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival,

  • Jury Award for Best Director and Best First film[8]

Mar del Plata International Film Festival,

Miami International Film Festival,

  • Audience Award[10]

Morelia International Film Festival,

  • Audience Award[11]

Moscow International Film Festival,

  • Silver St. George (Best Director)[1]

Skip City International D-Cinema Festival,

  • Best Screenplay[12]


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