August 27–September 3
Dir: Anthony Fabian, UK, 2022, 115 min.
Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs.
“Every once in a while, an unassuming movie will come along and take its audience completely by surprise with how delightful it is. Such is the case with Mrs. Harris, a charming low-stakes adventure about the importance of – of all things – kindness… The 1950s-set film might come across as a relatively simple tale… However, this is a project that has hidden depths and will leave viewers smiling… Led by a great Lesley Manville, Mrs. Harris is… the very definition of a ‘feel good’ story.” —Rachel Labonte, Screen Rant
“Mrs. Harris tells the story of Ada Harris, a cleaning lady in 1950s London. Her husband went missing in the war, and she’s spent the last decade-and-a-half waiting for him to return, doing difficult jobs for rich people who don’t appreciate her. When word finally arrives of her husband’s fate, she realizes it’s time to stop waiting and make her own dreams come true. Her dream sounds much simpler than it is: To buy a Christian Dior dress, an incredibly expensive purchase for which she has no practical use… if she scrimps and saves, she just might be able to… She still has to travel to Paris, where she can’t afford a hotel room, and to get into Christian Dior… No small feat, since Dior prides itself on glamour and exclusivity… It is an uncommon thrill to watch a charming film that comes by its charms organically. Mrs. Harris knows that fluff is much more satisfying when it has depth, so you can truly sink into it and feel the overwhelming comfort” —William Bibbiani, The Wrap