A light, comical film that is like a breath of fresh air in the stuffy world of cinema. This one never, ever takes itself to seriously?even with a tremendous cast of some of the finest actresses ever. Yet, it?s not laugh-out-loud funny?it?s a quiet, subtle film that keeps the audience smiling and guessing. Joan Plowright stars as the matriarch of a section of a town in Ireland known as Widow?s Peak, since all of the residents of the ?section? are widows. Mia Farrow plays a woman who?s a bit out of her league among the widows but they include her anyway (we later find out why) and Natasha Richardson plays a wealthy American from England whose husband died and left her with money and a streak of viciousness. Plowright plays her air of superiority perfectly?she?s not too over-the-top but she?s just daft enough to make it seem convincing. Richardson is perfect?I honestly did not expect it when she did mean-spirited things?though I bought it just enough as the plot wants us to (since the surprise ending fits all of the pieces together). Mia Farrow, at first, seemed a little out of place to me as an Irish widow, but after watch a bit I totally forgot I was watching an American actress putting on an accent. The entire film is just a pleasure to watch?it?s funny when it needs to be and exciting at times. A true treasure!