Shades Of Words

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day


Only god knows how many blogs I have read that recommend this book. Unable to find a copy in my library,  I got hold of the next best thing – the movie.

“Miss Pettigrew..” is the story of a middle aged drab governess,Guinevere Pettigrew, who is unable to keep a job. The first few moments of the movie find her being kicked out of her current position , literally on to the street. Homeless and starved, Miss Pettigrew goes begging for a job to her agency who refuse to find her a position because of her negative reports. Overhearing a need for a governess at the house of the singer-actress,Delysia Lafosse, she rushes to the said residence. That one move spins Miss P’s world around for 24hrs.

Delysia Lafosse is young and glamorous, willing to take desperate measures to become a broadway star. Her endless string of men and parties shocks Miss P but she needs a job and is not the one to moralize. More or less in the fashion of Mary Poppins, Miss P fixes relationships and problems and in a span of few hours becomes very important to Delysia.

I really dont want to say more and could not even do justice to the movie and the plot by trying. By the sets and the clothes it looks so much like a chick-flick but dont get misled. Its the story of a struggling actress, its the story of a homeless woman who just wants to stay off the street, its the story of London’s 30s fashion society and very subtly its the story of England getting ready for war. And yes its a love story. But the best part, none of these threads take themselves too seriously.

Amy Adams is delightful and I could not imagine anyone more perfect for the role of the flirty and glamorous Delysia Lafosse.Frances McDormand is extremely believable for her part as Miss Pettigrew. They are supported by a competent cast and lovely cinematography.The clothes, the sets, the cars all add to the lovely art direction and take us to the pre-war era.

I tremendously enjoyed it. Do watch it. I plan to watch it again, soon 🙂


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

3 thoughts on “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

  1. It was quite an enjoyable movie…

  2. know what….this was one of the movies I watched before coming here…:) I so totally forgot that I watched it. But your post here reminded me alright 🙂

    I also finally managed to watch Wake up Sid! and My Name is Khan. Loved Wake up Sid! a lot – both the story and the music.

  3. Kapil – yes. I would not mind watching it again.
    Zoya- cannot believe you did not tell me about this. It was such a fun movie.
    I loved Wake up Sid and I thought My Name is Khan was excruciatingly long

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