"Widow's Peak" is great fun and genuinely funny. Set in Ireland of the 1920s, it is also lovely to view. The costumes are scrumptious, and the ensemble cast is splendid.
Joan Plowright portrays the doyenne of the village of Kilshannon, who divides her time presiding over a clutch of resident widows and peering through her brass telescope to keep a watchful eye on the manners and morality of the village. Among those to whom she condescends is a rather frumpy Widow O'Hara (Mia Farrow) who, in addition to growing prize roses, has attracted the amorous attentions of the village dentist (Jim Broadbent). Suddenly, the village is turned upside down with the arrival of a glamorous widow, late of Antibes, (Miranda Richardson, who not only sets her cap for the doyenne's milk-sop son but is soon at loggerheads with the Widow O'hara. A clear case of throwing oil on troubled fires). What is their problem? Will it reveal dark secrets from the past? And even murder? I shall say no more, except buy this DVD, which has a pip of an ending!