In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (played by Ms. McDormand) is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as severance pay, Miss Pettigrew realizes that she must for the first time in two decades seize the day. This she does, by intercepting an employment assignment outside of her comfort level as social secretary. Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Ms. Adams). Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu and, within hours, living it up. Taking the social secretary designation to heart, she tries to help her new friend Delysia navigate a love life and career, both of which are complicated by the three men in Delysias orbit devoted pianist Michael (Mr. Pace), intimidating nightclub owner Nick (Mr. Strong), and impressionable junior impresario Phil (Mr. Payne). Miss Pettigrew herself is blushingly drawn to the gallant Joe (Mr. Hinds), a successful designer who is tenuously engaged to haughty fashion maven Edythe (Ms. Henderson) the one person who senses that the new social secretary may be out of her element, and schemes to undermine her. Over the next 24 hours, Guinevere and Delysia will empower each other to discover their romantic destinies.
Co-stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Screenplay: David Magee and Simon Beaufoy
Run-time: 92 mn
Release date: 7 March 2008 (USA)
Miss Pettigrew's Great Day
A shy wallflower ends up in London's late 30's glamorous society.
Frances McDormand (look out for Burnt After Reading) plays, no, she is Miss Pettigrew. She embodies the character of the penniless housemaid with such an enthusiasm, that you could not imagine watching the movie without her. An impression that is confirmed by the self-confident actress in the Making-Of: "I am sure: Nobody could perform better in that role."
Just shortly before the beginning of WW II quirky Miss Pettigrew has to prove her organizational talents to rescue night club singer Delysia (Amy Adams) out of some explosive situation. Especially in disputes with several lovers of the starlet the astonishing quick-witted housemaid proves utterly inventive.
The swingingly told story might be looked at a bid dusty from today's point of view, however brilliantly performing artists, nostalgic sets and pointed dialogues make the movie worthwhile. Was can be said about the bonus material as well surprising with a feature about Winifred Watsons original book and additional scenes. Only the technical layout of the DVD is shameful, neither offering for the movie nor as audio comments German subtitles.
Recommended for those who like: Down with Love; The importance of being Ernest.
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