Plowright is delightful `Mrs. Palfrey'

Review B

May 26, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

The veteran British actress Joan Plowright and relative newcomer Rupert Friend bring a subtle grace to Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, a quiet, restrained and largely delightful example of the sort of movies people say they don't make anymore.

Plowright, never settling for grand gestures when a simple glance will do, is Sarah Palfrey, an aging widow casually ignored by her daughter and grandson. Not wanting to be a bother to anyone, she moves into a seen-better-days London hotel whose elderly residents find themselves in straits similar to hers: alone, neglected and living out their final days with whatever dignity they can muster.

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Cineville Inc.) Starring Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend. Directed by Dan Ireland. Unrated. Time 108 minutes.

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