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Nora's Will

A death brings a scattered Jewish family closer in this winning Mexican dramedy

Mariana Chenillo's film serves up a shiva mixed with a Seder, with sides of a Mexican wake-to-go and plenty of family discord. After Nora commits suicide, her apartment becomes a gently comedic battleground for her atheist ex-husband, an appointed Jewish prayer-reader, the Catholic housekeeper and a couple of grandkids who love playing in the cross-shaped coffin. The flow of characters through the single set works so well that the few fill-in-the-story flashbacks feel unnecessary and distracting. In Spanish, with subtitles. Starts Fri., Dec. 17. Oaks

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