NELL showcases an outstanding performance by Jodie Foster in the title role of a "wild" woman who speaks her own mysterious language. The film is beautifully made and thought-provoking, but vacillates too much between the sentimental and the metaphysical.
Country doctor Jerry Lovell (Liam Neeson) finds Nell (Jodie Foster) living in an isolated cabin in the North Carolina woods. Almost 30 years old, Nell has presumably never had contact with any person except her late mother, and speaks a unique, incomprehensible language. Lovell seeks the
assistance of research psychologist Dr. Paula Olsen (Natasha Richardson), who immediately wants to commit the feral woman t...