Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a historical comedy-drama directed and produced by Anthony Fabian, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Carroll Cartwright, Keith Thompson, and Olivia Hetreed. It is the third film adaptation of the 1958 novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico. This delightful film follows an older woman who brings her dream of going to Paris and wearing a Dior dress to fruition. I saw this movie a long time ago and really enjoyed it.
In 1957 London, Mrs. Ada Harris (Lesley Manville), a widowed cleaning lady, becomes obsessed with one client’s haute couture Dior dress; it inspires an ambition to buy her own Dior dress. After unexpectedly receiving a war widow’s pension, she travels to Paris to do so. She stumbles into a showing of Dior’s 10th-anniversary collection and is befriended by André (Lucas Bravo), the Dior accountant, and Natasha (Alba Baptista), a Dior model. However, the Dior director, Claudine Colbert (Isabelle Huppert), resents Ada’s intrusion into the exclusive world of haute couture.
While in Paris for fittings, Ada stays with André and encourages him to express his affection for Natasha—who shares his interest in existential philosophy. When Claudine is forced to sack several Dior workers for financial reasons, Ada organizes a strike and forces Claudine and Christian Dior (Philippe Bertin) to hear André’s ideas to modernize and make the business profitable.
Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris was a feel-good, fun movie. It serves as a great escape from the everyday issues that surround us. I thought the movie was cute and well-acted. It was nice to see a bunch of snobs get their “come up pence”. The movie was also funny as well as delightful. The plot was not a new concept but felt new because of the delivery. Of course, there is much more story to be told with some nice surprises. I recommend Mrs. Harris to everyone, as there was no violence, profanity, or sex. Mrs. Harris is currently streaming on Netflix — Check It Out!
In the United States, the film made $2 million from 980 theaters in its opening weekend; 44% of its audience were women over the age of 55. The film eventually grossed more than $10 million in the United States theatrically. Deadline Hollywood described the film’s box office performance as “strong.” On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 94% of 173 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website’s consensus reads, “Led by a luminous Lesley Manville, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a good old-fashioned story charmingly told.”
[MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARRIS is Oscar-nominated for Best Costume Design at the 95th Academy Awards for a total of 1 nomination]
I enjoyed this movie very much!
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