Looking for the perfect girls night out? Grab your friends, your mom or your sister and book your tickets for the most lovely girly movie we’ve seen in a long time – Mrs Harris Goes To Paris.
What to expect?
In post-World War II London, Ada Harris (Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville) earns a living cleaning houses. She’s led a lonely life since her beloved husband Eddie went missing in action, but she’s not the type to brood over any misfortune or to complain about her circumstances. Still, when the ever-pragmatic Ada spies an unimaginably lovely Christian Dior gown hanging in the master bedroom of a wealthy client, she’s surprised to feel an overwhelming pang of desire. Owning something so ethereal, so beautiful, a true work of art — why, that could really change things for a person.
After taking on extra jobs and saving as much as she can — even trying her luck at the race track — Ada finally can afford to pay for a Dior dress. She bids farewell to close friends Vi (Ellen Thomas) and Archie (Jason Isaacs) and makes her way to Paris to visit the prestigious House of Dior and turn her dreams into reality. Yet when she arrives, Ada is met with a series of surprising setbacks, not least of which is Dior’s intimidating Madame Colbert (Academy Award® nominee Isabelle Huppert), who bristles at the very notion of a common charlady wearing haute couture.
Still, whatever obstacles are thrown her way, Ada refuses to leave Paris without her dress. Her unwavering commitment charms idealistic Dior accountant André (Lucas Bravo), kindly model Natasha (Alba Baptista) and the aristocratic Marquis de Chassagne (Lambert Wilson), Paris’ most eligible bachelor. Ada soon discovers that in changing her own life, she begins to change the lives of all those around her. She might even help save the House of Dior itself.
Adapting author Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel Mrs. ’Arris Goes to Paris for the screen, writer-director Anthony Fabian creates a winning, modern-day fairytale about pursuing your dreams, the power of friendship and the importance of remaining true to who you are.
The story itself is terribly sweet, but it’s the incredible Parisian fashion that made it for us. Our editor saw the film at a media screening and thought the following:
“Mrs Harris Goes To Paris is an absolute delight from start to finish. It is well cast, it’s funny and most importantly – it’s original. It tells a story I haven’t seen on screen before, and for that, it had my full attention for the entire duration. Lesley Manville brings the adorable character of Mrs Harris to life, offering the perfect balance of quirky, fun and conservative, with a dash of British humour. She has the audience rooting for her all the way and is one of the most loveable characters I’ve come across.
The costumes, cars and architecture are absolutely gorgeous – a real feast for the eyes. If you’re interested in Parisian life and the arts that go with it, you’ll be enthralled by the fashion, music and decor represented in the film. Fashion lovers need to see this movie, as it showcases the most incredible Dior outfits, and gives us a rare glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes of haute couture.
All-in-all I would highly recommend it. It offers easy-watching without being frivolous and makes you feel really good by the end of it. It brings such a positive message across and does it in pure style. I also love that the film has an older female lead – so refreshing in a time when actresses are becoming seemingly younger and younger.” – Anien, Editor.
Mrs Harris Goes To Paris opens in cinemas on Friday 7 October 2022.