Film Review of Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs. Palfrey at the Clairmont - Rupert FriendI just watched the most wonderful movie (2005 release) about love, friendship, and family – Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. It’s such a heartwarming film. I hope by telling you a little about it, you’ll feel compelled to stream it.

Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) moves to London to begin a new life. She takes up residence at the Claremont, a hotel that has seen better days. She attempts repeatedly to make contact with her grandson, Desmond, with no success. One day, as she makes her way back to the hotel from the post office, she stumbles and falls. A chivalrous, young man (a 10-years younger Rupert Friend is pictured) with exceedingly good looks rescues her. This chance encounter is the beginning of one of film’s most tender relationships. Ludovic Meyer (Rupert) becomes Mrs. Palfrey’s adopted grandson, and she becomes the grandmother he never had.

I’m sure you’re not as sentimental as me; I cried through 85% of the movie. I didn’t cry because the film was terribly sad; I cried because it was very moving. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is a profound love story. It illustrates that family is often not blood, but those of kindred spirit.

Please add this film to your “must watch” list. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.




  • Brian Goodrich

    Apparently, Carol, this Elizabeth Taylor was a successful British novelist and playwright who died in 1975. This was her last work, from what I understand.

    It’s a cool movie.

  • Carol Hanson

    I am curious about the author of the book from which the movie was made, Elizabeth Taylor. Is she the same Ms. Taylor we know as an actress?
    This movie was is so enjoyable. I bought two dvds of it for Christmas gifts. Both recipients loved it also. It is a very moving story.
    Thank you if you can answer my question.