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Mrs Harris Goes To Paris is 'a delightful romp from start to finish'

Film Review: Mrs Harris Goes To Paris (PG) – seen at The Light Cinema, Wisbech

Starring: Lesley Manville, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, Ellen Thomas, Isabelle Huppert and Rose Williams

Running time: 1hr 55m Director: Anthony Fabian

Mrs Harris goes to Paris (60587535)
Mrs Harris goes to Paris (60587535)

In these days of price rises and financial worries, a visit to the cinema can be just the escape we need.

And when the film in question is as joyous as Mrs Harris Goes To Paris, then we can wash all our worries away for a couple of hours.

Lesley Manville stars as Mrs Harris, a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London, who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress seen in a client’s bedroom, and decides that she must have one of her own.

With scrimping, saving and a whole heap of luck she manages to save enough cash for a flight to France and to purchase a dress.

Manville is superb throughout as the tough widow with a twinkle in her eye, and, as the delightful adventure ensues, we meet some wonderful characters.

Former Eastenders actor Ellen Thomas shines as her friend and confidant Vi, and Sanditon star Rose Williams is likeable as ‘tart with a heart’ Pamela Penrose.

But it’s the people Mrs Harris meets in Paris that really make the film.

Brazilian-Portuguese actor Alba Baptista continues her rise to fame as ‘Face of Dior’

Natasha, and French actor Lucas Bravo, who made me laugh so much recently in ‘Ticket To Paradise’ plays an affable, High Grant-type role as her love interest.

Lambert Wilson, who you may know from Matrix Resurrections, is superb as the kindly Marquis de Chassagne and Isabelle Huppert gives another cold character master class as Claudine Colbert.

The whole story is a delightful romp from start to finish, with some smashing Dior dresses even thrown in for fashion lovers.

By Jeremy Ransome

Rating : 8/10

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