Keeping Mum [Blu-ray]
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Australia released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby TrueHD ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Gloria Goodfellow has a normal life in the countryside along with her family. She's the mother of two children, one precocious teenager girl and a timid boy, who's been bullied by a bunch of kids from his school. Occassionally, their peace is disrupted by a neighbor's annoying dog or a meddler neighbor. Gloria's husband, Reverend Walter Goodfellow, is a clumsy but well respected priest, who's preparing to give a speech in a religious convention at Cornwall. One morning a charming, efficient and quite kind lady, Grace Hawkins, arrives to work as a housekeeper at the Goodfellows' house. The family's life will change forever, because Grace will care for its integrity in her own special way. First, Grace will help Walter to relax and find his funny side during masses. Then, Grace finds out that Gloria is having an affair with her golf instructor, a sort of pervert American man, interested in Gloria's daughter as well. Last but not least, Grace will manage herself to get rid of the bullies who are giving a hard time to Petey. Despite this ideal reality, Gloria will discover a secret that Grace has been hiding... for more than 40 years. ...Keeping Mum ( Trunk )
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In the opening scenes of this movie a rather sweet looking pregnant young lady boards a train with a very large steamer trunk. The unfortunate part of this scene is that her steamer trunk is leaking blood. We next see the still sweet looking pregnant young lady moving into a very small cell in a mental facility where her number one concern is her prospects of getting a nice cup of tea. The scene shifts forward in time where we meet the family of the local pastor and overworked man with time management problems ( Rowan Atkinson) his increasingly frustrated wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) their libidinous teenage daughter and shy bullied son. This is a family in need of a nanny. And who shortly arrives? A sweet looking not so young lady in possession of a very familiar looking steamer trunk.
Ms. Grace (Dame Maggie Smith) is the now released and no longer pregnant by many years lady with the embarrassing steamer trunk. It will fall to her hands to do what must be done to solve the myriad problems and the struggling modern family. A large numbers of movies feature a parent claiming she will readily kill for the sake of her family. Ms. Grace is clearly a woman who was taken this concept to heart. Although-she will never really solve the problem of the fishpond.
Keeping Mum is a rather subtle somewhat slow-paced comedy but comedy it is. As the put upon and tempted wife, Kristin Scott Thomas is actually to pivot to this movie. Her character-Gloria Goodfellow carries all of the pressures of what is going wrong in her family seeing all and hearing all and noticing first when things suddenly get too quiet. Ms Thomas performs her role beautifully. I tend to be somewhat leery of Rowan Atkinson movies. His bumbling incompetent Mr. Bean can sometimes be overwhelming. Here the actor understands his is a secondary role and therefore provides a far more subtle and effective performance. His sudden realization that God can make things better by granting a little grace is a very winning and well-timed chuckle. It is axiomatic that Maggie Smith as Grace Hawkins is spot on flawless. This lady who will unfortunately be known primarily for her skills with a wand and cauldron is just as deadly if the dual is with an iron skillet.
Be advised, the language and a few visuals are not appropriate for all audiences. Once again there are those who have no problem with bloodshed that will turn away in disgust at the sight of a bared breast. There is not much of either but both occur in this movie. There is also some crude language more than one would like to think occurs in the home of the well-meaning and kindly pastor. Consider yourself warned: dark humor glimpses of a topless female and several of the harsher four letter Anglo-Saxon terms. Other than that you were invited to enjoy murder most humorous, as a little grace is applied to bring together a loving family.
The script is very tight, to the point that is, with one-liner quips that only an actor of the stature of Maggie Smith can deliver with such acumen. This time, Dame Maggie packs a hilarious punch for those of us who have often thought about doing what several of the cast actually do. This is one of the best reasons why I'm such a fan of British comedy. There's a whole lot of truth-telling in the fiction that so many of the masses can well relate to. For that reason, this is an exceptional film that somehow slid under the public's radar screen.