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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day [DVD]

Amy Adams , Frances McDormand , Bharat Nalluri    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Amy Adams, Frances McDormand, Lee Pace, Ciarán Hinds, Mark Strong
  • Directors: Bharat Nalluri
  • Producers: Nellie Bellflower, Stephen Garrett
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I222
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,542 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Romantic comedy based on the novel by Winifred Watson. Frances McDormand stars as Miss Pettigrew, a dowdy governess struggling to find employment in 1930s London after being unfairly dismissed from her previous job. She unexpectedly finds herself fulfilling the role of social secretary for glamorous American actress and singer Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams), whose life is an unending social whirl - the complete opposite of Miss Pettigrew's own drab existence. Despite their differences, Miss Pettigrew becomes Delysia's confidante and personal aide, and is witness to many of the joys and indiscretions that thrive in this heady, high-society climate. Could it be that Miss Pettigrew has finally found her calling?

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant diversion 17 Jun 2008
I recommend this film if you are one, like me, who sometimes needs to be entertained without having any demands made on one's intellect or powers of analysis.

The novel on which it is based is a fizzy cocktail of a read, and the film is a faithful adaptation in that respect, although some twists were invented and liberties taken in order to add a few more interesting facets to plot and character. The essential Cinderella story (or, more accurately, the story of a down-and-out but deserving woman who takes advantage of the situation at hand in order to better her own circumstances) is preserved. The art deco sets are sumptuous, and the period songs that supplement the film score set the tone wonderfully.

Amy Adams would not have been my first choice to play Delysia LaFosse (is that a name, or what??); nevertheless, she is appropriately flighty and alluring. Frances McDormand does a marvelous job as Guinevere Pettigrew(another rather startling name). But the main attractions for me are the male stars, particularly Ciaran Hinds and Mark Strong, who play the prosaically named Joe and Nick, respectively.

I actually liked the movie better than the book, perhaps because the wonderful cast skillfully fleshes out what would otherwise be a rather slender story for a feature film. Make yourself a fizzy cocktail, pop this DVD into the machine, and enjoy.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky, chirpy and utterly uplifting! 15 Aug 2009
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I'm shocked at the lukewarm reception this gorgeous period drama has had in the reviews: it's one of my favourite films of all time. Many of my friends, family and workmates feel the same way!

This film adaptation is certainly not faithful to the (also excellent) novel but it still had me spellbound from start to finish. It possibly helped that I saw the film first - so many here seem to have loved the book, and then therefore been disappointed by the differences in the film. I, however, find it impossible not to deeply sympathise with and then admire the central character, Miss Pettigrew. The patterns and rhythm of the elegantly written dialogue and choreography always keep me riveted. The music vividly evokes the action on screen and the cinematography is lush.

While the pace and tone are definitely light-hearted, lively and upbeat during most of the film, there are some darker undertones which help prevent this from being the one-dimentional "superficial" film that it initially appears to be. Set as the second world war begins, there are some understandably sombre moments when the older characters reflect on their experiences of WW1. Also, always at the back of the audience's mind is the fact Miss Pettigrew's role as "Social Secretary" is only a thin veneer over her poverty-stricken reality - a veneer which could crack at any moment and return her to the soup-kitchen queues.

The theatrical humour and the fantastical plot do, however combine to prevent the film from taking itself too seriously. It's a brilliant piece of escapism.

"Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" really is a surprising and uplifting treasure.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Day Worth Viewing 23 Aug 2008
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) is the governess of last resort. No, that doesn't mean she turns naughty children around. In fact, she doesn't seem to be able to keep a job. Fired from her last job, she literally has nothing. And her employment agency is tired of trying to find her jobs. After all, jobs are scarce in 1930's London. Desperate, Miss Pettigrew takes the address of a client, a Delysia Lafoose (Amy Adams).

When Miss Pettigrew arrives at the address, she finds Delysia in crisis. While saving the day, Miss Pettigrew learns that Delysia isn't looking for a governess but a social secretary because they are fashionable.

And Delysia definitely needs help sorting out her life. She's a singer who wants to become an actress. But she's having huge man problems. Specifically, there are three men in her life. There's Phil (Tom Payne), who she has slept with to gain the lead in the play he is producing. There's Nick (Mark Strong), who owns the nightclub where Delysia sings every night as well as the apartment where Delysia lives. Then there's Michael (Lee Pace), a piano player who has proposed to Delysia and has spent the last year in prison waiting for an answer.

Miss Pettigrew is definitely out of her element, but she seems to be helping Delysia juggle everything. Can she keep up and guide Delysia at the same time?

Yes, this movie is a predictable romantic comedy. But the ride is quite enjoyable. The first half is almost farcical in tone with many laugh out loud moments. The second half becomes more serious with fewer laughs but many very touching moments. But by that point you are so invested in everyone's lives you have to stay and see how it turns out.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky Comedy With A Stiff Upper Lip 16 Aug 2008
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I've just seen this film at the cinema and I enjoyed it very much. I wouldn't say it was fantastic, but it certainly wasn't useless either - somewhere in the middle. If you have enjoyed films such as 'The Truth About Being Earnest', you'll love this. Full of romance, comedy, and drama. You'll be laughing one minute, and feel like crying the next.

Set in 1940's Britain fastly approaching war, it follows the story of Miss Pettigrew, a middle age governess who once again has unfairly been sacked from her job. Unemployed and penniless she decides there is no other option but to seize the day, and finds herself working as social secretary to an aspiring young actress known as Delysia Lafosse. Well outside her comfort zone Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous and social world-wind of high society. Taking her role to heart, the film is all about Miss Pettigrew trying to help and navigate Delysia's love life and career, by having learned from her own experiences. What she doesn't realise though, is that Delysia is also helping her...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
This is so charming and romantic. I love it! Miss Pettigrew is a governess who gets mistaken for a personal assistant to a 'fast & loose' Caberet singer and gets involved in her... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Karen Croan
5.0 out of 5 stars A really charming story. It was lovely having a ...
A really charming story. It was lovely having a slightly older, unglamorous heroine, and the adventures were delightful. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
Loved the casting, the set, the humour and the warmth of this film. Can't understand why it doesn't pop up on television. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jan-Jan
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
Dire does not even cover it. The book is witty, charming and truly wonderful. The film is so bad, it should never have been made. Read more
Published 1 month ago by donnamoderna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Charming - something different from usual rom com twaddle would thoroughly recomment.
Published 1 month ago by I. Smyth
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok Woman's love story film wouldn't watch it again.
Published 1 month ago by susan lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It didn't follow the book closely and missed the charm of Miss Pettigrew.
Published 1 month ago by Katherine Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
A really lovely film, upbeat in tone with beautiful sets and costumes. Amy Adams and Frances McDormand are brilliant (As always)! Really enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see film
Love this film. I saw it as a trailer and thought I would give it a go.
The story line is ok and the acting is fine as well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roxyhelz
5.0 out of 5 stars not Colin Firth
This title always comes up when you search for colin firth films. He is NOT in it. Despite this it is a very enjoyable film but needs to be listed in the correct non colin firth... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Stone
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