Director: Anthony Fabian
Casts: Lesley Manville as Ada Harris, Ellen Thomas as Violet Butterfield, Isabelle Huppert as Claudine Colbert, Alba Baptista as Natasha, Lucas Bravo as André Fauvel, Jason Isaacs as Archie, and Philippe Bertin as Christian Dior
Mrs Harris Goes to Paris is a comedy, drama and family film directed by Anthony Fabian and distributed globally by Universal Pictures. It is the third cinematic version of Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel Mrs Arris Goes to Paris.
When a widowed cleaner falls in love with a fine couture Dior gown, she travels to Paris’ Avenue Montaigne to obtain one for herself.
Mrs Harris’s goes to Paris begins in 1950. It starts with Mrs Ada Harris, a cleaner, wanting assistance from her distant Military husband in making a decision. She uses a coin to figure out what her darling husband wants her to do, but she loses the coin in the ocean. She postpones the decision-making process due to the loss of the coin.
Sergeant Edward Harris, her husband, is overseas defending his nation, leaving Mrs Harris to care for herself. Mrs Harris, a cheerful woman who is usually full of smiles and kindness, is compelled to work many jobs, including cleaning for affluent people, gambling (I’m not sure that’s a job), dress repair, and a few other things.
Mrs Harris’ best friend, Violet, tells her to make the long-awaited choice on her own. Ada takes her decision after examining a parcel provided to her. Mrs Ada Harris opens the parcel and hands it to Violet to read the note inside, only to learn that her Darling Eddie died in an aircraft crash in Poland. Mrs Harris sobs when she hears the news, but Violet consoles her. Mrs Harris tries not to be bothered by the breaking news; she accepts her fate and continues with her life.
During one of her days at work, she notices a gorgeous dress, ‘Ravissante’ by Christian Dior, worth 500 pounds possessed by her employer. She quickly falls in love with the dress until she learns the price, taking her aback. She initially believed that 500 pounds were too expensive for any clothing, but because she adores the garment, she chooses to save up so that she may buy a lovely dress like this.
After coming up with this sum, her trip to Paris’ Avenue Montaigne begins.
I was impressed by all actors and actresses. In particular, Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert. They had excellent performances.
Lesley Manville portrayed a cheery, tenacious, and upbeat persona. I thought she did a perfect job. Even though she smiles most of the time, she knows when to adopt a frown or disgusted expression that is perfectly appropriate for the situation.
On the other side, Mrs Isabelle Huppert portrayed a tough, commanding, yet disciplined woman overseeing the fashion displays at Avenue Montaigne. Even though she described a severe lady who seldom smiled, her body language and nosy attitude made me smile.
The comedy was top notch too. The sound and soundtracks were adequate, and the film was full of emotions. The movie is excellent but not exceptional. I enjoyed the “Dior” outfits worn at the fashion presentation.
There are several lessons from Mrs Harris’s Goes to Paris. Morals are about being kind, showing thanks, the value of smiling, and many other things.
Although I have some faults with Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, it is a wonderful film.
The film was too foreboding. The upcoming event was practically predictable. As a result, the movie lost some of its appeals. Although enjoyable, it was not captivating. I experienced some moments of disorientation while watching the film since I believed it was intended for women or was very particular about fashion.
As a result of the romance and gambling involved in the movie, I would recommend girls 13 years old and older interested in fashion to watch Mrs Harris Goes to Paris.
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You can watch Mrs Harris goes to Paris on Prime Video or download it here
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