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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 May 2008 (Argentina)
All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Plowright ... Mrs Palfrey
Rupert Friend ... Ludo / The Writer
Zoë Tapper ... Gwendolyn (as Zoe Tapper)
Robert Lang ... Mr Osborne
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Mrs Post
Anna Massey ... Mrs Arbuthnot
Georgina Hale ... Mrs Burton
Millicent Martin ... Mrs De Salis
Michael Culkin ... Willie
Emma Pike Emma Pike ... Violet
Carl Proctor ... Manager
Timothy Bateson ... Summers
Sophie Linfield ... Rosie
Lorcan O'Toole Lorcan O'Toole ... Desmond
Clare Higgins ... Mrs Meyer


Mrs. Palfrey, recently widowed after a long happy marriage, moves into a London residential hotel more lively and elegant on line than in fact. She determines to make the best of it among an odd assortment of people, and she particularly hopes her grandson, a London resident, will visit. When she slips on a walk and is aided by a penniless young writer, she invites him to dine at the Claremont and plays along when her dining mates assume he's her grandson. A friendship develops giving her a companion with whom she can talk about memories and poetry and giving him ideas and support for his writing. But what of her actual family? How it plays out is the movie's story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One Chance Meeting, Two Changed Lives See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

15 May 2008 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Claremont Hotel See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,744, 27 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$67,334, 25 December 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The last acting role of Robert Lang. See more »

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One of the crew credits: Best Boy (Girl) See more »


References Harold and Maude (1971) See more »


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Performed by Georgina Hale, Millicent Martin, Marcia Warren & Michael Culkin
Published by Warner Chappel Music Inc.
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Love at first sight
7 November 2005 | by tristen-4See all my reviews

I attended a screening of this film and was so touched by it that I am still thinking of all the things I wished i could of said, could of done, and should of done with my own grandmother -- if she was still here today. for anyone who has ever had a grandmother or grandfather or needed a friend and found one by surprise, this is for us. it really is. Rupert Friend is stunning. Joan Plowright -- unbelievable. the rest of the cast, the story, the direction, the score, everything -- perfect. To the filmmakers of this movie, I wish you the best success and hope others get the chance to enjoy it as much as I did. it just goes to show that good things come in small packages. In my case and imprint has been left and Ill never forget how it touched me.

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