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In 1902, in London, the spinster Beatrix Potter lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother, Helen Potter, had introduced several bachelors to Beatrix until she was twenty years old, but she had turned them all down. Beatrix Potter has been drawing animals and making up stories about them since she was a child, but her parents have never recognized her as an artist. One day, Miss Potter offers her stories to a print house, and a rookie publisher, Norman Warne, who is delighted with her tales, publishes her first children's book. This success leads Norman to publish two other books, and Miss Potter meanwhile becomes the best friend of his single sister Millie Warne. Soon Beatrix and Norman fall in love with each other, but Helen does not accept that her daughter would marry a "trader". However, Beatrix's father Rupert Potter proposes that his daughter spend the summer with his wife and him in their country house in Lake District, and if she is still interested in Norman after... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is genuinely one of the best films i have seen for a long time. It is superbly acted all round, and makes brilliant use of the locations really allowing the viewer to understand and appreciate the beauty of the Lake District. Ordinarily i would have been more sceptical of the casting of an American actress in a role such as Beatrix Potter. However, Renee Zellweger is such a good actress and embraces this role so well that i have no qualms in this area here, although i did read one comment which said Emily Watson (Millie) would have made a better Beatrix - and am in complete agreement that she too would have been wonderful ( i mean aren't there enough British actresses to go round?!), but as i say i couldn't fault Renee Zellweger either. One thing that was nice to see was a good British supporting cast, not one of whom put a foot wrong. The story was brilliantly scripted too, with a good blend of fact, fiction, innocence, romance and fantasy touches. The film just really left me smiling - its a great reminder of what we go to the cinema for.
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