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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:Some mild references
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking
Violence/Scariness:Sad deaths
Diversity Issues:A theme of the movie
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005

Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) did not think of herself as someone who would live in the shabby gentility of the Claremont, a residential hotel in London. We never learn the details of what brought her there or keeps her there, but we do not need to. We learn everything we need to know from the resigned but not cheerless sigh of acceptance as she sees her room for the first time, and from her quiet courage as she walks into the dining room

Mrs. Palfrey has hopes of hearing from her grandson, who works in London. And she may have hopes of finding companionship at the Claremont. But it is an unexpected encounter with a young writer named Ludovic (Rupert Friend) that leads to a true friendship.

A lovely antidote to summer movies filled with crashes, explosions, aliens, and teenagers, this is a bittersweet but touching story for grown-ups told with grace and wisdom.



  • Cheryl Anne

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Thanks for mentioning it!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    I am delighted to hear it, Cheryl Anne. It is a lovely, lovely film. Thanks so much for writing!

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