Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

2005, Comedy/Drama, 1h 48m

60 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Bittersweet and endearing, this film about aging and unexpected friendship is a lovely vehicle for Joan Plowright. Read critic reviews

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After the death of her husband, Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) moves to London with the hope of gaining her independence and seeing her grandson. While she is staying at a residential hotel for senior citizens, she meets writer Ludovic Meyer (Rupert Friend) when she trips and falls on the street in front of his home. An unlikely friendship flourishes between them, bolstered by the fact that the residents are under the impression that Ludovic is Mrs. Palfrey's estranged grandson.

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  • Jul 02, 2013
    A beautiful, quiet little film that definitely tugs at the heartstrings. Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend were marvelous as the unlikely friends who find joy and inspiration in each other's company. This viewer nearly wrote it off early on due to the overacting of the supporting cast, who populate the hotel. But once the main story got underway, this became a gem. Very moving tale as these two lonely people found joy and inspiration in sharing experiences and conversations.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2009
    I caught this minor miracle of a film on TV and was captured from the beginning. It made me change my mind about Keira Knightley's other half, Rupert Friend, made me face up to my fears about old age and death, it uplifted me, cast a pleasantly melancholy shadow over my afternoon and gave me a sense of hope in humanity for the first time since I lost it. It may change your perception of the world, or just your afternoon, either way it's more than worthwhile. I would recommend this film to anyone.
    Sarah B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2008
    This movie seemed pretty cool at first but it's kinda weird.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2008
    A sweet story of a budding friendship between an old woman and a young man.
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