Wednesday, July 29, 2009

miss pettigrew

I just caught Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day again on cable and am once again amazed at what a real gem his film is. It's not exactly news that Frances McDormand, Amy Adams and CiarĂ¡n Hinds are all great actors, but they all blend beautifully together and successfully bring London pre-WWII to life.

As we all tighten our belts in the current economy - some harder hit than others - it really resonated to watch Miss Pettigrew, who was literally starving, navigate her way through a series of parties, all the while trying to protect the interests of her flibbertigibbet and new charge, Delysia Lafosse. It's easy to forget how people struggled, and what owning just one pair of shoes, one coat, one dress, meant. It was also very satisfying to see that Hinds's character didn't react differently to Miss Pettigrew after her "transformation." Cinderella was just as interesting and attractive to the prince when she was covered in ashes.

If you get a chance, watch (or rewatch) this film. It's a true delight.

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