Written December 02, 2006
This movie will make you want to call an elderly person in your family and chat awhile. It is very sentimental and perhaps not so realistic, but it puts you firmly in the environment of this older woman who has lived an interesting life but now has lost her husband and has not one really close. She moves into the Claremont which is not so nice as she thought from the advertisement but finds it populated with a bunch of interesting characters. And she strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young person which is quite uplifting. Still, I think you need to be a bit of a movie buff to appreciate this one so I'm not recommending it for the party crowd. But if you would like to be teleported into a strange setting with a lot of emotion, this might work for you. It did for me.
Written July 30, 2009
While the movie veers away from the Novel in many ways, it is a wonderful story about aging and the eventual loss of family and friends. The chemistry between Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend is electric. It says a great deal for Friend as an actor that he could more than hold his own with one of Britain's great stage actors.
The supporting cast a veritable Who's Who of BBC Masterpiece Theater productions. If you are a fan of well written, well acted, character driven films, then this one is for you.