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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 May 2008 (Argentina)
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
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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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15 May 2008 (Argentina)  »

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Claremont Hotel  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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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One of the crew credits: Best Boy (Girl) See more »

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References Harold and Maude (1971) See more »

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Written & Performed by Daniel May (as Danie L May)
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MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT is a beautiful story of friendship and love
26 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT is an elegant, moving story of a lovely woman of age on a journey to find something meaningful again in her life and literally "trips" into the life of a young man on his own journey to find himself as a writer. Many will think of HAROLD AND MAUDE, but MRS. PALFREY is a much more enticing film of two people, no matter the age, who happen to come into each other's lives at a time when they become very important to each other in the self repair of their own images. A brilliant, wonderful, beautifully presented film.

Joan Plowright as Mrs. Palfrey is so lovely on the screen and in her meeting the handsome Rupert Friend, Ludvic, seems to take on a glow of happiness and pleasure as their friendship deepens and they become more involved in each other's lives. Their scenes in the lovely parks of London as well as the interiors of the Claremont are scenes that have humor, compassion and great understanding between them. This is something which is missing in both their relationships with their own families.

Through Mrs. Palfrey, and their conversations about film, Ludvic is able to find a young woman who loves him for himself, and as Mrs. Palfrey's journey ends, his begins with the happiness and satisfaction of having found not only Mrs. Palfrey, but someone who will be with him in his life, and truly love him for the man he is.

As Oscar season approaches, Joan Plowright's MRS. PALFREY is a film to remember, honor and cherish.


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