She is a recluse who speaks an unknown language, but Nell's actions teach a deeper knowledge of the human soul. Nell lives hidden away from civilization in a cabin seemingly ignored by time. Raised by a reclusive mother whose speech patterns were damaged by a series of strokes, Nell ingeniously develops her own language and a way of life that is all the more unique. The magic that drives her and the forces that suppress her are strong, and are only matched by one soul-searching doctor who discovers her in the forest and resolves to draw her out of her solitude. Together they find a common bond beyond language, revealing the powerful connections of the human heart. Jodie Foster's portrayal of Nell on the movie screen earned her an Academy Award nomination.