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No relation to Peter Pettigrew

Next up on my movie watch list:

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Directed by: Bharat Nalluri
Screenplay by: David Magee & Simon Beaufoy
Based on a novel by: Winifred Watson
Starring:  Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Cairan Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Mark Strong, Tom Payne

Set in London on the cusp of World War II, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day tells the tale of 24 hours in the life of Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand), a recently unemployed governess who finagles her way into a job as a social secretary for a young actress/singer, Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). Miss Pettigrew is suddenly swept up into high society and finds herself trying help Delysia make the choice between the three men in her life: Michael (Lee Pace), Nick (Mark Strong), and Phil (Tom Payne).  She also meets Joe Bloomfield (Cairan Hinds), a handsome lingerie designer around her age who happens to be engaged to one of Delysia's friends, Edythe (Shirley Henderson).

The set design, costumes and music in this film were lovely. It really feels like 1939, so I was impressed by that aspect of the movie. I LOVED the costumes, especially; the late 1930s/1940s was such a great time for fashion.

Frances McDormand is wonderful as Miss Pettigrew. Her transformation from plain-jane, practically-living-on-the-street governess to fashionable society lady is incredible.  Amy Adams is adorable, as usual, and she has a great singing voice.  Seeing Lee Pace in a movie makes me want to watch Pushing Daisies (I've never seen it, but I hear it's great.)...he's too cute.  Harry Potter connection:  Shirley Henderson (Hi there, Moaning Myrtle!) fits the role of snobby and conniving fashion editor Edythe to a T.  Finally, Cairan Hinds is a perfect cast to play opposite McDormand...their scenes together are some of the best parts of the movie.

Overall, Miss Pettigrew is a cute, fun movie.  It's not too heavy...I think it was marketed as a romantic comedy (and there are definitely some parts that are a little sappy).


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Feb. 13th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
I love this movie! It's delightful - you just want to put it in your pocket and carry it around with you. And yeah, the costuming is fabulous.

Also, isn't Lee delish? I think you'd love Pushing Daisies.

Have you seen The Fall? Put it on your list. In fact, bump it to the top. It's amazing.
Feb. 13th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I just looked up The Fall on IMDb and it's definitely going on my list. Thanks for the recommendation...it sounds really good!

How have I never seen Lee Pace in anything before now? I need to watch Pushing Daisies...I think I know someone who owns the DVDs, so I'll be asking to borrow them soon!
Feb. 13th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Let's put it this way - there's only so much icon room, right? My space is devoted to mostly House, a handful of random or quote-y, a handful of WW, a couple of SN (my first love), and yet I keep a PD icon, and three Fall icons.

Both are totally worth it. So visually inventive.
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