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Aro Recommended Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

 

UK 2005, 108 minutes
Dir. Dan Ireland
Genres: Drama, Comedy

Topics: Late-life.

 

Aroview: Immensely popular drama strikes up great chemistry between its genteel, elderly titular character (Plowright) who is struggling to maintain her dignity in a backstreet London 'retirement hotel' and a much younger, free-spirited writer (Friend) she forges an unlikely bond with after an accidental meeting.

In the rather uncomfortable environs of 'The Claremont', Plowright finds Friend a willing confederate in smoothing over family issues and also a soulmate and mutual sympathiser in a world oblivious to loneliness. Plowright carries the film with perfect poise, while dir. Ireland never compromises on the serious themes right up to the poignant finale.

NZ International Film Festival 2006

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