Review | Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris | 2022
|Lesley Manville stars as Mrs. Harris in director Tony Fabian’s MRS.HARRIS GOES TO PARIS, a Focus Features release. Credit: Dávid Lukács / © 2021 Ada Films Ltd - Harris Squared Kft
In the battle of literary adaptations looking to pull women to the multiplexes this weekend (the other being Where the Crawdads Sing), Anthony Fabian's utterly delightful Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is the clear winner.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris has a very specific aesthetic reminiscent of early/mid-2000s mid-budget films released by speciality arthouse labels from places like Miramax and Focus - Mrs. Henderson Presents, Being Julia, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont...stories about women of a certain age rekindling their love of life through unusual circumstances. Anchored by a strong turn by Lesley Manville, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a beguiling bonbon of a movie - a modest crowd pleaser with a heart a mile wide.
It may hit familiar beats, but it does so with an elegant twinkle that makes it hard to resist. Manville is clearly having a blast in a mirror universe version of her character from Phantom Thread, surrounded by gorgeous gowns a sumptuous period design that slyly undercuts the Parisian mystique. It's a captivating throwback that feels like being wrapped up in a warm and cozy blanket - one of the summer's most unexpected delights.