A recent movie called Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont has come and gone with little notice, but I seek to resurrect it. Here’s what it offers:
—A bittersweet portrait of the problems and challenges of aging, the most memorable and touching that I have ever seen on film.
—An unforgettably subtle, luminous performance by Dame Joan Plowright in the title role—a masterpiece of the art of acting and a fitting summary of a life’s work.
—An assemblage of marvellous elderly English character actors.
—A ravishing evocation of a long and truly loving marriage.
And an additional comment:
Orlando Bloom, move over. Young English actor Rupert Friend just eclipsed you.
You won’t find the movie in your local multiplex but if all else fails, look for the DVD when it comes out.