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Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.
Mrs. Palfrey, recently widowed after a long happy marriage, moves into a London residential hotel more lively and elegant on line than in fact. She determines to make the best of it among an odd assortment of people, and she particularly hopes her grandson, a London resident, will visit. When she slips on a walk and is aided by a penniless young writer, she invites him to dine at the Claremont and plays along when her dining mates assume he's her grandson. A friendship develops giving her a companion with whom she can talk about memories and poetry and giving him ideas and support for his writing. But what of her actual family? How it plays out is the movie's story. Written by
A Beautiful, soulful film that is brilliantly acted.
A powerful, yet subtle film that will touch anyone with a pulse. Joan Plowright is a gift from God, and no wonder Laurence Olivier married her. What a breathtaking performance! Rupert Friend is another reason to state that the best actors are coming out of England. He matches Dame Plowright's prowess with his elegant subtle grace, and the match is one made in movie heaven. What a shame the Oscars passed this one by, they always do when it comes to intelligent smallish films with a heart, as if they never existed. Do yourselves a favor, run to see this as soon as you can, and if anyone tells you different, grab their wrist, check their pulse to see if they have one. Kudos to all involved in pulling this one off.
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