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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 May 2008 (Argentina)
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All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Palfrey
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Ludo / The Writer
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Gwendolyn
Robert Lang ...
Mr. Osborne
Marcia Warren ...
Mrs. Post
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Mrs. Arbuthnot
Georgina Hale ...
Mrs. Burton
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Mrs. De Salis
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Willie
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Violet
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Manager
Timothy Bateson ...
Summers
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Rosie
Lorcan O'Toole ...
Desmond
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Mrs. Meyer
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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15 May 2008 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Claremont Hotel  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$105,185 (New Zealand) (25 August 2006)

Gross:

$1,054,535 (New Zealand) (13 October 2006)
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The Averard Hotel, in the Lancaster Gate area of London, was the hotel used (both interior and exterior) as "The Claremont." The Averard was originally built as a townhouse by a wealthy doctor before 1910. In 1925 the townhouse was reconfigured as a hotel, and has most recently been a family run bed and breakfast. The hotel discontinued operations (as a hotel) in 2009 and the building was converted to non-hotel residential use. See more »

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References Harold and Maude (1971) See more »

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For All We Know
Performed by Rosemary Clooney
Music by J. Fred Coots (as Fred J Coots), lyrics by Sam Lewis (as M Sammel Lewis).
Published by Cromwell Music Inc. & Toy Town Tunes Inc.
By arrangement with Concord Records
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Beautifully Trapped In A Terence Rattigan Play
28 November 2005 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

I went into the Paris Theatre in New York last night, more as a refuge from the merciless weather that anything else. What a wonderful and unexpected surprise. Joan Plowright plays a widow who decides to live her last years of her life as an independent woman in a small retirement hotel in London. I'm not sure if she knew that independence sometimes means loneliness but she learns soon enough as loneliness becomes her constant companion. Her only grandson never calls, in fact nobody ever calls her. A fortuitous encounter with a young struggling writer will change her life as she will change his. This beautiful and seemingly simple story is filled with startling gems. Joan Plowright very much at the heart of the piece gives a multi-layered performance that never falls into sentimentality. Rupert Friend (Ludo, the struggling writer) is a perfect foil for the world she protectively stores in her brain and in her heart. The humor and the superb performances by the elderly guests of the hotel is a breath of fresh vintage air. When Ruper Friend meets Dame Joan's friends at the hotel, he exclaims "We're trapped in a Terence Rattigan play" Yes you are, beautifully so


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