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Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (Enchanted) and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand star in this charming comedy about finding a new life and a new love, all in one day. When Miss Pettigrew (McDormand) stumbles upon the chance to become the new "social secretary" to glamorous high-society singer and actress Delysia Lafosse (Adams), she seizes the opportunity despite being totally out of her element. Swept up into the glamorous whirl of high society, it’s all Miss Pettigrew can do to keep up with Delysia as she juggles her lovelife and career in this “delightful champagne cocktail of a comedy!” (Leah Rozen, People).
Based on a 1938 Winifred Watson novel, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a colorful story about lives stalled in middle age but kick-started again by the follies of youthful lovers all around. Frances McDormand stars as Miss Pettigrew, whose inability to hold a job in London as a governess compromises her well-being shortly before Englands entry in World War II. Finessing her way into a position as social secretary to a young, American golddigger and singer named Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams), the starving Miss Pettigrew finds herself at the center of a whirlwind that is her new employers life. Hemmed in by lovers and suitors--including a young, theatrical producer (Tom Payne) looking to cast one of his pleasing girlfriends in a plum role; a creepy nightclub owner (Mark Strong) in whose flat Delysia lives; and a pianist (Lee Pace) who genuinely loves her--Delysia needs a map to figure out how to navigate through life. Miss Pettigrew, who suffered a loss during WWI that she does not speak of, nudges the naïve songstress toward wise decisions. But she is at the mercy of Delysias formidable friend (Shirley Henderson), who knows the truth about her impoverished state and is engaged to a much older man (Ciarán Hinds). The latter, a fellow of substance who seems to be meandering through life, falls instantly for the soulful Miss Pettigrew. Full of Art Deco trappings and paced with a vintage, screwball comedy energy, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is like watching a contemporary version of a Hollywood classic. --Tom Keogh
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Absolutely love this movie. I think I have watched it over 20 times since purchasing it!!! Recommend it for a light mood evening and when you need a good pick me up!Published 1 day ago by Chacha5678
I loved this movie! I can't remember enjoying a movie so much, I wanted to watch it again . Frances McDormand was superb, her face is so expressive,you can feel her every emotion. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Monardia
This movie is a lot of fun! The plot, the clothes and the acting- all brilliant, and of a piece, and gorgeous!
If you like it, though- the book is even better!
I absolutely love this movie. I'm no "reviewer". I can say - It is fun. It is entertaining. It is thoughtful and has a message too.
Amy Adams is so versatile. Read more
Love it I'm no critic but its a light comedy and light drama and happy ever afterPublished 1 month ago by Eduardo Banzhaf
A nice, humorous but touching story, good acting, great atmosphere showing London at the beginning of WWII. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Playwright