Miss Pettigrew: Preview 2008

Focus Features March 7, 2008

Can you get a life and discover love, all in one day Two women are about to find out in “Miss Pettigrew.”

In this sophisticated and heartfelt comedy, Oscar winner Frances McDormand (“Fargo”) plays the title role opposite Oscar nominee Amy Adams (star of the blockbuster Enchanted). The cast also includes Golden Globe Award nominee Lee Pace (of the hit series Pushing Daisies), Ciarn Hinds (There Will Be Blood), Shirley Henderson (the Harry Potter films), Mark Strong (Stardust), and screen newcomer Tom Payne.

In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) is a middle-aged London governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as severance pay, Miss Pettigrew realizes that she must–for the first time in two decades–seize the day. This she does, by intercepting an employment assignment outside of her comfort level–as social secretary. Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams).

Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu and, within hours, living it up. Taking the social secretary designation to heart, she tries to help her new friend Delysia navigate a love life and career, both of which are complicated by the three men in Delysias orbit; devoted pianist Michael (Pace), intimidating nightclub owner Nick (Strong), and impressionable junior impresario Phil (Payne). Miss Pettigrew herself is blushingly drawn to the gallant Joe (Hinds), a successful designer who is tenuously engaged to haughty fashion maven Edythe (Henderson)–the one person who senses that the new social secretary may be out of her element, and schemes to undermine her. Over the next 24 hours, Guinevere and Delysia will empower each other to discover their romantic destinies.

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