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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)

All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer.

Director:

Dan Ireland

Writers:

Martin Donovan (additional dialogue), Dan Ireland (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Plowright ... Mrs Palfrey
Rupert Friend ... Ludo / The Writer
Zoë Tapper ... Gwendolyn (as Zoe Tapper)
Robert Lang ... Mr Osborne
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Mrs Post
Anna Massey ... Mrs Arbuthnot
Georgina Hale ... Mrs Burton
Millicent Martin ... Mrs De Salis
Michael Culkin ... Willie
Emma Pike ... Violet
Carl Proctor ... Manager
Timothy Bateson ... Summers
Sophie Linfield ... Rosie
Lorcan O'Toole Lorcan O'Toole ... Desmond
Clare Higgins ... Mrs Meyer
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Storyline

Mrs. Palfrey, recently widowed after a long happy marriage, moves into a London residential hotel more lively and elegant on line than in fact. She determines to make the best of it among an odd assortment of people, and she particularly hopes her grandson, a London resident, will visit. When she slips on a walk and is aided by a penniless young writer, she invites him to dine at the Claremont and plays along when her dining mates assume he's her grandson. A friendship develops giving her a companion with whom she can talk about memories and poetry and giving him ideas and support for his writing. But what of her actual family? How it plays out is the movie's story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Una amistad que no conoce de edades [Argentina] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2008 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Claremont Hotel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,744, 27 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$67,334, 25 December 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song sung by Georgina Hale within the movie: "It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love" was also sung by Hale in Ken Russell's The Boy Friend (1971). See more »

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One of the crew credits: Best Boy (Girl) See more »

Connections

References The Boy Friend (1971) See more »

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The 'Mrs P' Rap
Written and Performed by Rupert Friend
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MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT is a beautiful story of friendship and love
26 December 2005 | by screenwriter-14See all my reviews

MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT is an elegant, moving story of a lovely woman of age on a journey to find something meaningful again in her life and literally "trips" into the life of a young man on his own journey to find himself as a writer. Many will think of HAROLD AND MAUDE, but MRS. PALFREY is a much more enticing film of two people, no matter the age, who happen to come into each other's lives at a time when they become very important to each other in the self repair of their own images. A brilliant, wonderful, beautifully presented film.

Joan Plowright as Mrs. Palfrey is so lovely on the screen and in her meeting the handsome Rupert Friend, Ludvic, seems to take on a glow of happiness and pleasure as their friendship deepens and they become more involved in each other's lives. Their scenes in the lovely parks of London as well as the interiors of the Claremont are scenes that have humor, compassion and great understanding between them. This is something which is missing in both their relationships with their own families.

Through Mrs. Palfrey, and their conversations about film, Ludvic is able to find a young woman who loves him for himself, and as Mrs. Palfrey's journey ends, his begins with the happiness and satisfaction of having found not only Mrs. Palfrey, but someone who will be with him in his life, and truly love him for the man he is.

As Oscar season approaches, Joan Plowright's MRS. PALFREY is a film to remember, honor and cherish.


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