Review: Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris

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A film that feels like a warm hug thanks to the delightful Lesley Manville, it’s one that succumbs to its simple premise and all-too-rosy portrayal of 1950s reality.

After falling in love with a beautiful high-end dress, a widowed cleaning lady (Manville) saves up and journeys to Paris to purchase one for herself. This is a film that exudes charm thanks to the crisp direction from Anthony Fabian and lovely costuming that transports you to the time period. Though we don’t spend much time outside of the House of Dior in Paris, the ambience is palpably French and thematic kindness of Manville’s character hard to miss. The supporting cast is also exceptional, especially Jason Isaacs and Ellen Thomas in small, but impactful roles.

As this is an adaptation of a book that I have not read, I won’t speak to the accuracy of the transition from page to screen. However, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a story grounded in an idealistic view of the world, one where economic disparity is most present and other issues of the time set aside so as to not upset the apple cart. It succumbs to a repetitive elasticity of setbacks balanced with triumphs, rinse and repeat, resulting in a third act that feels as though it is concluding no less than three times. Still, Fabian sticks to what he sets out to do from the outset and never waivers, for better or for worse. It’s cute enough, but to a fault, Manville excelling while the film around her just remains in a coasting state. As far as a film that will put a smile on your face, however, this is it.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris opens in theaters Friday.

Rating: 3/5

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