In 1902, in London, spinster Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger) lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother, Helen Potter (Barbara Flynn), 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 (Ewan McGregor), 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 (Emily Watson). 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 (Bill Paterson) proposes that his daughter spend the summer with his wife and him in their ...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I watched this movie sort of by accident. Of course I was very familiar with Beatrix Potter the writer and painter and had read many of her stories to my children in their childhood years.
I spent some time working on a project in Barrow-in-Furness and the company put me up in the quaintly named Drunken Duck Hotel in the Lake District. I had a couple of weekends to look around the district and the hotel people suggested that I have a look at Hilltop Farm, at Near Sawrey. Her farm is captivating. But while her writing etc is one thing she was a passionate environmentalist and lover of the countryside, and a great philanthropist.
I bought the DVD there and watched it in the hotel. It is beautifully crafted and Renee Zellweger does indeed do a very good job. She was an immensely talented and modern woman for her time and I think this comes through in the movie. She was far more than Peter Rabbit.
I have to say, I chuckled over Ewan McGregors casting. While he does a good job as Miss Potter's ill-fated fiancée, I can't but think it was a nod to 'Mr McGregor'.
If you are ever in the Lake District, I would recommend the Drunken Duck and Hill Top Farm, and the nearby Hardknott Pass Rd which leads to the Roman fort.
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