Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as a redundancy package, Miss Pettigrew realizes that this is a perfect opportunity for her to get out there and live her life ‘to the max’.

She takes a job outside of her comfort level - as a ‘social secretary’. Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the dizzyingly glamorous world of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Enchanted’s Amy Adams).

Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a high-society lifestyle in which Delysia is seeing three men; 1) devoted pianist Michael, 2) intimidating nightclub owner Nick, and 3) impressionable junior impresario Phil.

Miss Pettigrew herself is drawn to the gallant Joe (There Will Be Blood’s Ciarán Hinds), a successful designer who is tenuously engaged to haughty fashion meanie Edythe - the one person who senses that the new ‘social secretary’ may be out of her element, and schemes to undermine her.
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Variety

Variety

press

McDormand's performance slowly builds a solid integrity, and contrasts well with Adams' more flamboyant turn.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

It's a charming film that's as light and welcome, as a breeze, delivering its message without heavy-handedness.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

How light is this movie? So buoyant that even an air raid warning, signaling that this whole world is about to crumble under the blitz, can’t dampen its giddy spirits.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Oscar award-winner Frances McDormand and nominee Amy Adams are responsible for making this adaptation of Winifred Watson's novel a delightful and charming experience.

4.0
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Film Threat

Film Threat

press

It's unique how an historical setting like this one – even with a German Blitz expected at any moment – can yield the lightest stories. Think of Woody's “Bullets Over Broadway” and Frears' more recent “Miss Henderson Presents” – earlier times call for nostalgic tones, in which we can indulge in the simple joys of hopefuls falling in and out of love. “Miss Pettigrew” plays like a breeze and ends before we know it. In the current state of cinema, all we can hope for is one like this per year.

3.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An ultra-light screwball comedy with enough charm ot make Miss Pettigrew live for at least a second viewing.

3.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Based on a novel by Winifred Watson and directed by award-winning TV director Bharat Nalluri, it's not the deepest or most serious plot, but it's a whole lot of old-timey, screwball comedy fun. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is the perfect romantic-comedy romp to take your mum or gran to.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

McDormand's performance slowly builds a solid integrity, and contrasts well with Adams' more flamboyant turn.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

It's a charming film that's as light and welcome, as a breeze, delivering its message without heavy-handedness.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

How light is this movie? So buoyant that even an air raid warning, signaling that this whole world is about to crumble under the blitz, can’t dampen its giddy spirits.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Oscar award-winner Frances McDormand and nominee Amy Adams are responsible for making this adaptation of Winifred Watson's novel a delightful and charming experience.

4.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

It's unique how an historical setting like this one – even with a German Blitz expected at any moment – can yield the lightest stories. Think of Woody's “Bullets Over Broadway” and Frears' more recent “Miss Henderson Presents” – earlier times call for nostalgic tones, in which we can indulge in the simple joys of hopefuls falling in and out of love. “Miss Pettigrew” plays like a breeze and ends before we know it. In the current state of cinema, all we can hope for is one like this per year.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An ultra-light screwball comedy with enough charm ot make Miss Pettigrew live for at least a second viewing.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Based on a novel by Winifred Watson and directed by award-winning TV director Bharat Nalluri, it's not the deepest or most serious plot, but it's a whole lot of old-timey, screwball comedy fun. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is the perfect romantic-comedy romp to take your mum or gran to.

3.0
0

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