Pin It
Favorite

DVD Review 

Miss Pettigrew & r & & r & by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= "dropcap " & W & lt;/span & hile considered a romantic comedy, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is more about the growth of friendship between two women than it is about romance. In 1939 London, two very different women -- each, in her own way, powerless -- meet and transform one other. In the end, each feeds off the meager power that the other possesses; for one day, at least, each becomes a decisive woman in a world unaccustomed to female independence.





After being fired from several governess positions, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) stumbles into the fast-paced social life of Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). When the employment agency refuses to send her out for any more jobs, Pettigrew sneaks off with Lafosse's contact information, then shows up at her London flat expecting to find another rich-mother-and-spoiled-child combination to take care of.





Instead she walks into a den of sin. And as the daughter of a vicar, Guinevere finds the moral atmosphere in Delysia's apartment quite repugnant. Miss Lafosse, you see, has one man in her bed and another on his way up to see her. Pettigrew, who spent the previous night in a soup kitchen, at first attempts to dismiss the misdeeds of darling Delysia. But Guinevere is in despair: She has nothing to cling to and no home to go to. Because she needs this job, she helps Delysia cover up her sexual exploits.





Ironically, both women are hungry and on the brink of homelessness. Delysia must pick one of the three men she is sleeping with to marry. Class distinctions become central as Lafosse tries to choose among Nick or Phil (both of them wealthy and powerful) or Michael (the only one who really knows her and loves her -- and who, of course, is also a penniless pianist).





The way McDormand and Adams play off each other is magical. With Pettigrew raising an eyebrow and Lafosse smiling deviously, Miss Pettigrew is the much-overdue girl-buddy movie that many women have been waiting for. (Rated PG-13)

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Recall and Response
  • Recall and Response

    The attempt to remove Spokane Mayor David Condon from office may be a long shot, but he isn't taking any chances
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Shades of Black Lives
  • Shades of Black Lives

    A Spokane County detective's Facebook post about Black Lives Matter sparks debate among local law enforcement
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Fires Hit Home
  • Fires Hit Home

    Tens of thousands of acres burn around Spokane on Sunday and Monday; plus, DOJ weighs in on concerns over bail system
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Spokane Artist Trading Card Swap

Spokane Artist Trading Card Swap @ Boots Bakery & Lounge

Last Wednesday of every month

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • 'Unreasonable Threat to Life and Property'

    Spokane's rental housing has problems, but landlord and tenant groups are split on a solution
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • 'End of Story'

    Condon administration aims to close the controversial Frank Straub chapter — but last week's scathing report has irrevocably changed the narrative
    • Aug 4, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


election 2016


green zone


marijuana


trail mix


Readers also liked…

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation