Thursday, 6 October 2022

Mrs Harris Goes To Paris

 


Towards the end of this movie the gentle hearted Mrs Harris ( Lesley Manville) turns to the finance director of the Dior fashion franchise ( Lucas Bravo) in the street and says “ We all need to dream , especially at this time” 
Suddenly we are not in a story set in 1957 Paris. 
Suddenly the titular Mrs Harris, a sixty something working class woman, is speaking for all of us in our post lockdown society of uncertainty, war and isolation. 
We all need a dream.
And this film celebrates dreams with gusto.
For Mrs Harris , it’s the dream prospect of owning a bespoke Dior  dress, and with a plucky positivism she wins over the elite Parisian fashion house staff in a rather sweet story about how easy it is to become invisible in later years. 
Lesley Manville breaks your heart as Mrs Harris and it’s nice to see her and Isabelle Huppert, as the Dior snobby manager taking the leads roles as women in their sixties. 
I can’t recommend the movie enough
It has a sweetness we all need so very much at the moment .


33 comments:

  1. I was looking on your blog earlier for a review of this, as I remembered you'd mentioned booking a ticket and I was trying to choose a film (your reviews are always a good guide). I went anyway, and I agree - a bit of light-hearted escapism with beautiful frocks and some strong characters. What's not to like.

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    1. I think all of us want to be that positive gentle Mrs Harris

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    2. Anonymous2:11 pm

      Actually, I suspect I'm rather more like the Isabelle Huppert type - Bel Ami

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    3. Oh yes AINT THAT JUST THE TRUTH XX

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  2. Oh, I understand about being invisible after a certain age. I have the time, and I have the money but appear to be invisible in certain shops.

    The loss is theirs. I can go elsewhere

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  3. Mrs Harris refused to be invisible

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  4. This film has a great message. As you state, after Covid and all the uncertainties, we need to live and dream. Do not hold back and discount anyone quick to judge.

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  5. Barbara Anne11:28 pm

    Will definitely see this film, thanks to your review!

    Group hug!

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  6. I liked the older movie with Angela Lansbury as Mrs Harris and Diana Riggs as the Dior manager that helps her get the dress. Haven't seen the new version yet.

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  7. I shall love this film - and regarding invisibility - I prefer it and like being older x 👳

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  8. Paul Gallico's Mrs Harris books are totally charming.

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  9. I had seen a preview of this online and have just purchased it on Prime. I will watch it tomorrow. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  10. This movie sounds excellent -- thanks for recommending it!

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  11. Looking forward to seeing this. I love that actress

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  12. I'm looking forward to this one.

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  14. Is that Ms Streep in the pic above? Goodness me, that woman gets EVERYWHERE! (not that I'm complaining!) ;-)

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    1. Anonymous7:49 am

      Oh Ray - that's Lesley Manville...

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    2. Yes, I know, Anon. Just my feeble attempt to be jokey - which clearly failed. :-)

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  15. I definitely need to see a film like this at the moment. We do all need dreams and most of all hope at the moment. Thank you for the tip.

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  16. My sort of feel good film. Definitely one to watch. Thanks for the review. xx

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  17. Have just said yes to going to see this with friends here. Can't recall the last film I saw in the cinema, but it was a LONG time ago!

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  18. We all need films that we can enjoy, that lift our spirits..so many now are smash 'em and bash 'em or scare 'em to bits!

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  19. Sounds promising! I'll check it out!

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  20. Lesley Manville always gives her best to whatever role she plays. My favourite ( not sure this is the correct word) is when she plays that po-faced uptight M. Thatcher type, with just the right side of nastiness when she crinkles her nose and purses her lips, so they resemble a cats bottom, whilst being sooo superior snapping her handbag shut and dabbing fake tears away with a freshly laundered lace hankie. Spite exudes from every pore. Mrs Harris is obviously not that character, but l am looking forward to watching in, not been to flicks in years. Do they still sell those little tubs of ice cream that eventually melt enough to become edible just as the film is finishing?! Tess x

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    1. Yes, it’s a lovely Oscar winning understated performance

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  21. I read the book years ago, published as "Flowers for Mrs Harris" and seem to remember it had a sadder ending. Must see the film. My nephew was musical director for the musical version in Sheffield not long ago.

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    1. Really ? Sheffield is my second home as was the crucible and Lyceum theatres there

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  22. Glad you enjoyed this gentle story!

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