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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

Joan Plowright , Rupert Friend , Dan Ireland    Unrated   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont July 27 2010
By Sylvia TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is one of the most touching and beautiful stories it has been my pleasure to view recently. It certainly gives a deep understanding of growing old and trying to maintain one's independence. Joan Plowright is magnificent, as usual. Rupert Friend endears himself to the audience immediately. Would highly recommend it for viewing by all seniors.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Mrs. Palfrey April 15 2008
By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I don't know how I did it but I ended up ording two copies, by accident. At first I was annoyed but then I watched the film. OMG, what an amazing and beautifully told story. I'm giving the other as a gift and keeping my own to see again and again. Joan Plowright gives a breathtaking performance, maybe the best of her career. This is a film to experience over and over.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle delight. April 1 2012
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This film is sweet, very funny and a times a little sad. It is the story of a senior who is making a change in her life. She says at one point that she has spent a lifetime being the daughter of someone, the wife of someone and the mother of someone. Now she wants to be herself. She discovers a soulmate most unexpectedly.

Joan Plowright shines in the lead role and Anna Massey, as always, is a treat in a supporting role. The fears and foibles of a collection of seniors are delightfully displayed with sympathy. There is a charming interaction with a young couple who are discovering what Mrs. Palfrey experienced so long ago.

The clash comes with those in the younger generation who are too busy with their own lives to take time for an old woman. A senior might want to give this film as a gift to very busy sons and daughters to be watched with the grandchildren. For those who like a good story, no violence, decent language and minimal sex, this is a must for the film library.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief Encounter April 21 2008
I have long been an admirer of Elizabeth Taylor's novels, and was pleased to see the film version of "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont" advertised in a cinema in Ashland Oregon a couple of years ago. For some reason I cannot explain the movie never appeared in local cinemas in Canada, nor did I read anything about it (or about Joan Plowright's award for her marvellous performance) in the press here at home. Therefore I was delighted to see it had become available in DVD, nor was I in any way disappointed by my first viewing of it--as so often does happen when I see a much-loved novel turned into a film.
This is a remarkable treatment of a "brief encounter" theme, showing beautifully how happenstance can be a means of grace. The two mismatched
companions, both wonderfully realized in stellar performances by Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend, are part of a formidable cast of actors in a London setting quite splendidly realized. What is further amazing about amazon.ca's description of this video is that Plowright herself does not appear in the product details, and neither do two other outstanding members of a consummate cast--Rupert Friend and Anna Massey. I shall now look for anything else the fine director Dan Ireland may have transferred from novel to film, and recommend this DVD to anyone who will listen--especially those who love poetry and who are open to subtle evocations of angelic interventions in the lives of those who accept the workings of divine grace.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Jan. 5 2012
By Duchess TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is about a woman named Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright), recently widowed after a long happy marriage. She then moves into a London residential hotel where she can be closer to her grandson and daughter. She is determined to make the best of it and hopes to be in contact with her grandson who also lives in London. When she slips on her way back home, is aided by a penniless young writer. She invites him to dine at the Claremont and he decides to play along with her, when her dining mates assume he's her grandson. A friendship then develops giving her a companion with whom she can talk to about life, love and poetry. If you like movies that have a lot of 'character' to it, this is one you may like.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Palfrey at the Clairmont Oct. 11 2010
Thre were no car chases, explosions or bad language in this movie. Just a rather interesting story about totally believable people. How unusual! I enjoyed it very much.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Nov. 14 2011
By caseygirl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Good story and a very interesting slant. A young man takes a keen interest in a very old lady. He is helpful to her and I got the impression in her mind he was taking the place of her grandson who never came to visit her. There are lessons in this story one of which is for the young to not forget the old. It is a heartwarming story and I enjoyed it. Joan Plowright is amazing!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont June 26 2011
One of the best movies I have seen in a long time shared with a friend and she felt the same. Good acting good story wish there were more like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
super awesome show
Published 27 days ago by Conrado
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see miovie
A beautiful sensitive movie which should niot be missed. Wonderful acting by Joan Plowright.
Published 2 months ago by Billie Cameron
3.0 out of 5 stars Why can't they see what the are doing?
So many of these films have such promise they do not live up to.
I guess there is a reason they didn't make it to the big screen.

Just a very flat show
Published 5 months ago by Brian A. Biddle
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story about caring between the young and the old.
I enjoyed this movie showing compassion and respect between a young man and an older woman who meet by chance.
Published 7 months ago by Carole McGeough
4.0 out of 5 stars bittersweet story
Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend give excellent performances in this movie. I've not read the book that this story is based upon so I can't compare one with the other. Read more
Published 9 months ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of love
I loved the relationship that developed between Mrs Pafrey and the young man who pretended to be her grandson. I didn't like how the daughter and grandson treated Mrs Palfrey. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janice Gillis
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Very corny and predictable. Waste of time to watch......but that's life sometimes. They can't all be the Marigold Hotel. You were warned.
Published 11 months ago by Granny sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Palrey at the claremont
loved it! one of my favorite movies of all time. i wish i had ordered it on blue ray.
how many words you you need to count to 10?
Published 12 months ago by Wendy Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Palfrey - everyone's mom
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I first viewed it shortly after my mother passed away. She also opted to go to a retirement home with high hopes for an interesting new life ... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Petnicks
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of love story
The friendship between this young man and older woman was very touching and heartwarming. It shows we can have wonderful and special friends of all ages if we take the time to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tricia Hyatt
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