Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a new comedy-drama film from writer and director Anthony Fabian. This is the third time that the 1958 novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris has been adapted to film with the most recent being in 1992. Despite its flaws, this movie is without a doubt one of the most wholesome and adorable things you will see this year thanks to a simple and sweet story and a great leading performance from Lesley Manville.
Ada Harris is a widowed cleaning woman in London who sets her sights on owning her very own Dior dress. To do so, she works and saves in order to take a trip to Paris where new friends and experiences await her. Set in the 1950’s, this movie does a great job of making its story a product of its time while not losing sight of the human aspect of its moving and emotional story.
While many movies suffer due to their adherence to overused tropes and clichés, this movie succeeds for that exact reason. It’s content to be unambitious is what makes this film easy to consume and hard to dislike. The writing is simple, sweet, and features cheesy dialogue and quips that general audiences will be entertained by. It’s such an undemanding story that still manages to create compelling relationships as well as create a distinct sense of verisimilitude.
Lesley Manville leads the film as the titular character, and the movie rests heavily on her shoulders. Unsurprisingly, she gives a delightful performance as an ordinary woman that we love to root for. Watching her infiltrate places of luxury and exclusivity with confidence and kindness is one of the most wholesome things in a while. The rest of the cast including the likes of Jason Isaacs, Isabelle Huppert, and Lucas Bravo is enjoyable and fit well within the world of the film.
It can overstay its welcome a little especially at the end, but it’s hard to find much else wrong with this movie. It’s far from perfect, but that’s what makes it so charming. It isn’t challenging, fresh, or particularly exciting, but it’s a perfect way to pass the time while watching an endearing and adorably wholesome story that will definitely put a smile on your face.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris will be a crowd-pleaser for most who watch it, and this is in no small part because of its performance and story. There are few things as heartwarming, cute, and wholesome than this movie right now in theaters. It’s uplifting, captures a wide range of emotions and is absolutely impossible to hate.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is in theaters July 15.