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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Dame Joan Plowright stars as the titular lead, an elderly widow who checks into an old-fashioned London hotel looking for independence from her overbearing daughter. There, she meets the usual retinue of colorful residents. Embarassed by an absentee family, Mrs. Palfrey hooks up with an impossibly kindly young writer (Rupert Friend, Pride and Prejudice) who agrees to stand in as her grandson at the occasional dinner. This fairy tale for the geriatric set isn't even slightly realistic, but it is all nicely genteel and does offer up a life lesson or two. Plowright is, not so surpisingly, the highlight here. 108 minutes