Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Director: Dan Ireland Cast: Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend, Zoe Tapper

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An elderly widow and a young would-be author strike up an unlikely friendship in this comedy drama. Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) has been uneasy since the death of her husband, and she decides to move from her long-time home in Scotland to London so she can be closer to her grandson Desmond (Lorcan O'Toole). Mrs. Palfrey settles into the Claremont Hotel, a shabby residential inn for senior citizens that has seen better days. She tries to contact Desmond, but isn't able to get in touch with him, and at first she has a hard time relating to the other folks at the Claremont, especially friendly busybody Mrs. Arbuthnot (Anna Massey). Lonely and out of sorts, Mrs. Palfrey goes out for a walk one day and takes a nasty spill after losing her balance. Ludovic Meyer (Rupert Friend), a struggling writer in his mid-twenties, finds Mrs. Palfrey on the pavement and helps her, taking her back to her room and making sure she's OK. The two strike up a conversation and discover they have a surprisingly amount in common. A friendship grows between them, even though Mrs. Palfrey asks Ludovic to pose as her absent grandson so her neighbors will stop asking questions about him. Mrs. Palfrey even gives her new friend romantic advice, encouraging Ludovic to ask a pretty girl he meets at the video store out on a date. Based on a novel by the British author Elizabeth Taylor, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont was directed by Dan Ireland.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/12/2006
UPC: 0798622343826
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Westlake
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:48:00

Special Features

Director's commentary ; Photo gallery; Joan Plowright "Best Actress" acceptance speech at AARP Awards; Original theatrical ; trailer; Enhanced for 16x9 widescreen

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Plowright Mrs. Palfrey
Rupert Friend Ludovic Meyer / The Writer
Zoe Tapper Gwendolyn
Anna Massey Mrs. Arbuthnot
Robert Lang Mr. Osborne
Marcia Warren Mrs. Post
Georgina Hale Mrs. Burton
Millicent Martin Mrs. De Salis
Emma Pike Violet
Anna Carteret Elizabeth
Timothy Bateson Summers, the Doorman
Michael Culkin Willie De Salis
Lorcan O'Toole Desmond
Carl Proctor The Manager
Sophie Linfield Rosie
Clare Higgins Mrs. Meyer

Technical Credits
Dan Ireland Director
Stephen Barton Score Composer
Lee Caplin Producer
Carl Colpaert Producer
Matt Devlen Co-producer
Matthew Devlin Co-producer
Nigel Galt Editor
Jerry Gilbert Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Gregson-Williams Musical Direction/Supervision
Virginia Katz Editor
Zachary Matz Producer
Maja Meschede Costumes/Costume Designer
Julian Nagel Production Designer
Gustavas Printz Executive Producer
Carl Proctor Casting
Claudio Rocha Cinematographer
Ruth Sacks Screenwriter
Rod Smith Asst. Director
Rodney Smith Co-producer
Fabrice Spelta Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
1. Chapter 1 [:28]
2. Chapter 2 [11:19]
3. Chapter 3 [12:59]
4. Chapter 4 [19:03]
5. Chapter 5 [14:12]
6. Chapter 6 [9:20]
7. Chapter 7 [7:23]
8. Chapter 8 [6:42]
9. Chapter 9 [3:42]
10. Chapter 10 [11:42]
11. Chapter 11 [4:18]

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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story and great acting. The two lead characters have an amazing on screen rapport and the story is quite touching in addition to being entertaining and often quite funny. A great movie without cursing or violence--I would recommend for age groups of 35 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My usual fare is action/adventure movies, but this movie just happened to come on cable as I was watching and made for one of those great serendipitous moments when you find a movie that you've never heard of but which turns out to be a real gem. The acting in this movie is excellent, and you can feel the connection between the characters. More importantly, the subject matter is something that everyone can relate to at any age, and makes you introspective about how you deal with people of different generations in your own life. It made me want to give my mom a call, and that can take some powerful motivation for some of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is one of those rare gems you can watch with a parent or grandparent. The story line is wholesome and moving. The film starts out a little slow but picks up once our two main characters meet. I hope Rupert Friend has a long career in the movie business. He and Joan Plowright were great together!
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