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15 out of 40 people found the following review useful:
A work of genius
twatzilla from United States
10 November 2005
Without giving away a delightful surprise, the first music you hear
when this exercise in cinematic brilliance opens will - if you're
already familiar with the Scarsdale Diet Doctor saga - make you gasp,
then titter, then sit forward in your seat, determined not to miss one
second of this masterpiece.
I didn't expect much, really. Another of Annette Bening's star turns, I
thought, still annoyed that she got gypped out of the Oscar last year
for "Being Julia." But, I figured, Mrs. Harris was a local - we live in
Northern Virginia - and so we went to see it at the Toronto Film
Here's what: I want to see it again, the day it opens, and then I want
to buy the soundtrack CD, and then I want to own a dozen copies of the
DVD, simply because this is a movie with such a compelling story, told
in the most remarkable narrative, with a cast that defies all
If, as one person here commented, HBO is thinking of releasing it on
TV, I would say that that would be a HUGE mistake, since it's a BIG BIG
BIG movie that needs a BIG BIG BIG screen. Remember Norma Desmond's
famous line? Well, don't make these big actors work on the small
The writer/director, Phyllis Nagy, I am told, has never written or
directed a movie before. Well, where has this brilliant beauty been? I
tell you, I'll just go and see anything this woman works on, because
this is genius, this was a breathtaking and riveting experience, and I
KNEW HOW IT ENDED! Imagine that. Even though I remembered the whole
story quite well, I hung onto each frame, each second, as if the fate
of world depended on it. Ms. Nagy is a national treasure, whoever she
is, and I wish I knew her, because I would give her a big hug and a
kiss and I would tell her to run, not to walk, and start writing
another movie, directing another movie, delivering another work of
genius to a grateful and joyous public.
Absolutely unbelievable film, "Mrs. Harris." Kudo, Ms. Nagy.
5 out of 32 people found the following review useful:
I think it was good....
galasius from Mississauga, Ontario
16 September 2005
To a viewer unfamiliar with the past works of Annette Bening and (Sir)
Ben Kingsley, one might think they were terrible actors based solely on
The performances by Bening and Kingsley seemed over emphasized and over
acted. Knowing their abilities, I can only assume that their
performance style was intentional and is integral to the story. With
that in mind, I have a very different appreciation for Mrs. Harris than
I would have as a 'first-time' viewer of Bening and Kingsley.
The film took on an almost bad 'made-for-TV' docu-drama feel - again, I
hope and expect this was an intentional move by newcomer
screenwriter/director Phyllis Nagy.
This isn't another Being Julia, American Beauty, or Sexy Beast, but if
you're a Bening and/or Kingsley fan, check it out. I suspect you'll
draw the same conclusions that I did regarding the performance style
and it's meaning.
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