Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Source: Catholic News Service
A terrific performance by Joan Plowright is reason enough to catch this low-key British charmer about an elderly matron who moves into a shabbily genteel London hotel, and just when she's abandoned by her uncaring daughter and grandson and appears to be facing a dead-end existence, she is befriended by a handsome young writer (Rupert Friend) whom she passes off as her grandson to the inquisitive residents. For this bittersweet film, director Dan Ireland has assembled a top cast of British pros to play the hotel's loners (Anna Massey, Robert Lang, Marcia Warren, Georgina Hale and Millicent Martin) and, though improbable, the story imparts a worthy message about aging and human connection. Mild profanity and innuendo, brief instances of crude language, a brief sexual encounter with no nudity, premarital sex. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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