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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

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Mrs Palfrey
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Ludo / The Writer
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Gwendolyn (as Zoe Tapper)
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Mr Osborne
Marcia Warren ...
Mrs Post
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Mrs Arbuthnot
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Also Known As:

Claremont Hotel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,744, 27 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$67,334, 25 December 2005
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Beaulieu Palace House, where scenes in the movie were filmed, is an owner occupied ancient palace, dating to the 14th century, with parts of the house and gardens open daily to the public. It is a member of the Treasure Houses of England consortium, and the National Motor Museum, founded by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, occupies a separate building on the estate. Lord and Lady Montague and their son, Jonathan Douglas-Scott-Montagu, receive on screen "special thanks credit. See more »

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Remake of Play for Today: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (1973) 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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Brief Encounter
12 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

There is much to admire in this surprising little movie. Joan Plowright gives one of the best performances of her career and that's no small claim. I connected with her immediately, she did reminded me of my own grandmother and I must admit I found myself with tears running down my face. Her brief encounter with a struggling writer, penniless but with a heart of gold and the face of a movie star becomes convincing against all odds. Ruper Friend displays a devastating charm and his goodness is actually believable. Even the great Anna Massey is given some magic moments on the screen but, perhaps, the biggest surprise is to find out that Ruth Sachs, the writer, is an 85 year old with no previous screen writing credits. The wit and youthful zest of her dialogs and that 1950's feel in a 2005 environment is the most startling aspect of "Mrs. Palfrey At The Claremont" The film suffers from a hesitant composition, we move from close ups to long shots without any rhyme or reason but that flaw, annoying as it is, doesn't spoil the ultimate delights that the film offers. The occasional voice overs are another stroke of genius of Mrs. Sachs. They are the most poignant, opportune and beautifully delivered voice overs in recent memory. Whatever your age, do yourself a favor. Go meet Mrs Palfrey at any theater near you


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