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 🙂