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Charming, gentle and somewhat melancholy comedy about the unlikely friendship between a 70-something widow and a 20-something writer. Mrs. Palfrey (Plowright) lives as independently as possible at a London residential hotel for the elderly. She's hoping to become closer to her grandson Desmond (O'Toole), but he doesn't visit. Instead, she literally stumbles into young Ludovic Meyer (Friend), an equally lonely soul. A bond begins that extends to Ludovic passing himself off as the absent grandson to maintain Mrs. Palfrey's pride (which will cause later confusion). An adaptation of the Elizabeth Taylor novel, which was set in the 1950s. This film's budget couldn't stretch to such a re-creation so it was updated to the present, with some awkwardness.

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Running time 108 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Comedy-Drama, Hotels & Hotel Staff Training, Great Britain, Aging
Screenplay
Ruth Sacks
Cast
Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend, Zoe Tapper, Anna Massey, Robert Lang, Marcia Warren, Millicent Martin, Lorcan O'Toole
Cinematography
Claudio Rocha
Director
Dan Ireland
Music
Stephen Barton
Other
Jerry Gilbert, Nigel Galt, Virginia Katz, Fabrice Spelta, Maja Meschede, Julian Nagel
Producer
Lee Caplin, Zachary Matz, Carl-Jan Colpaert, Picture Entertainment, Cineville/Picture Entertainment

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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
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Karen

Absolutely delightful!! Dame Joan is magnificent and vulnerable. Rupert Friend is the perfect sweet and sensitive grandson. After listening to the narration, I think I'll refrain from reading the novel. (Sorry, Ms. Taylor.) Our only frustration-question with this touching "movie for grown-ups," was and is, why are there no subtitles on the DVD?? We were disappointed to have to struggle to catch each wonderful word.