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|Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont|
Actor: Joan Plowright; Rupert Friend; Zoe Tapper; Anna Massey; Robert Lang (II); Marcia Warren; Georgina Hale; Millicent Martin; Michael Culkin; Anna Carteret; Lorcan O'Toole; Timothy Bateson; Clare Higgins; Emma Pike; Carl Proctor; Sophie Linfield; Olivia Caffr
Director: Dan Ireland
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Oscar-nominated actress Joan Plowright is the titular Mrs. Palfrey in this heartwarming comedy. When an elderly Scottish widow moves to London she finds the big city less welcoming than she expected. Mrs. Palfrey is dishea... more »
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Reviewed on 12/20/2009...
I was not sure about this movie when I started watching it, but about 10 minutes into it, when she takes the fall and meets the soon to be fake grandson, it gets pretty cute. It is a movie about connections with friends, and how we can make friends at any age with someone we might not expect. The two main actors, Joan Plowright and Rupert Priend, play characters that have nothing in common on the outside, but make a familiar connection on a human, caring level. It is a very touching and realistic film. Not too sappy, either. Okay, a little sappy.
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Richard B. Green | 02/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the film came to an end (I'd rented it on DVD), a friend who had enjoyed it with us said, "Where did you hear about this movie?" And I wasn't quite sure where I'd first seen mention of the film until, in watching an extra on the DVD, Joan Plowright's acceptance speech as winner of a best actress award from AARP, I realized it had been in a recent AARP magazine I'd received. If we lived in a just world, then Joan Plowright's performance as Mrs. Palfrey would have received an Academy Award nomination last year. When one considers what passes for entertainment nowadays, this film can stand head and shoulders above so many. No sense giving you a rundown on the story itself; suffice it to say that, if you've any curiosity as to what ageing will be like, if you've any curiosity as to how those moving into their later senior years deal with the good and bad of growing older, this movie will enlighten you. And this chance possibility of paths crossing, lives changed, the opportunity to grow from a chance encounter and a friendship formed are all beautifully explored in this wonderful little film. Rupert Friend delightfully holds his own as he and Ms Plowright form what might seem like an unlikely but beautiful friendship. There is nary a false move in his performance nor hers. I'm buying a DVD copy of my own to share with my many senior friends who, I'm sure, have yet to enjoy this story.
One of this years best
Stalwart Kreinblaster | Xanadu | 01/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Joan Plowright gives one of her best performances in this deeply effecting little film.. I love all of the characters staying in the hotel..every detail is surprisingly well done.. This is no Harold and Maude tale as others have noted but rather a story of two people who seem to understand each other in a way that even their closest relations do not.. It is charming right to the end - even if somewhat predictable..
Joan Plowright has such a lovely presence and never has to force her acting at all - she is so natural and believable.. I am sure this movie will have a lasting power.."
Age is but a state of mind!
Joyce Schwarz | Marina Del Rey, CA USA | 02/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One chance meeting, two changed lives. I suggest before you watch the DVD you listen to the narrative of the producer and director which is a value add on the DVD. It will give you great4er insight into this delightful film that seems timeless. An elegant wido Joan Plowright plays Mrs. Paltrey who moves into a residence hotel called the Claremont in London. Instead of it being a cosmopolitan boutique hotel, it turns out to be one of those forgettable places with the bath down the hall. A chance meeting with a dashing young writer Rubert Friend changes both of their lives. They were meant to meet. NO this is not a may/december love story but it is a romance of a certain kind. A nice valentine to any age who doesn't know that love comes in many places and ways in our lives. And it's important to embrace it and accept it and be grateful for what crosses our path. Family of choice is sometimes so much more meaningful than family of chance (the one you're born into). This was an indy film made for $1 million on location in London -- amazing quality and a charming script. Bravo."