Sunday, March 9, 2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Movie name: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Year of release: 2007
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Tom Payne
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

Frances McDormand is an actress that can do no wrong. She has been a consistently and interesting actress since her early work with the Coens (her husband is Joel Coen) all through her Oscar nominations and win (for "Fargo" in 1996). She plays a governess without a job in "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day", a small comedy that lives from her strict presence and from the sparkle that is the wonderful Amy Adams (herself nominated for an Oscar with "Junebug" back in 2005). The film takes place at the beginning of the second world war - Miss Pettigrew has just been fired again, and ends up having to push herself to a job as a social secretary of an up and coming actress, Delysia Lafosse. Lafosse is juggling multiple boyfriends trying to find a good solution to her ambitions. In the end, love triumphs, in a film that has the charm of the classic comedies. Worth investigating!