Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
Date: 07/03/2023 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:25 pm

Here is a very reliable and much respected British actress in a quintessentially British film: Lesley Manville was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical in the Golden Globe Awards. The film, which is set largely in the fashion world, won a British Independent Film Award and has an Oscar nomination for Costume Design. It’s one of those films that both the critics and the public love (scores of 94% and 93% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes). In partnership with the House of Dior, the film tells the story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. After she works, starves and gambles to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris which will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior.

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris is not a film for film buffs. It is pure entertainment and the introspection, the life-affirming warmth, whether through the performances, the story, or just the sight of beautiful couture, is a bonus. Seeing a widow find her way back to the joys of life is a whimsical byproduct of a classically didactic story about a bygone generation. It is a feelgood film; the kindness and inconsequentiality, the lessons and the morals of the film feel natural and normal. Not a cinematic sensation, but an exploration of fundamental human values.

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Year: 2022

Country: UK

Cert: PG

Duration: 115 mins

Dir: Anthony Fabian

'A sweet-natured Cinderella tale about a cleaner on a mission to buy a Dior dress.'