Every Saturday afternoon, join fellow film aficionados of the Village for an in-depth discussion of films new and old, led by Village member Mel Washburn. Watch the selected film any time–or enjoy the discussion and be persuaded to view it after!
This week’s film: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022)
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a 2022 historical comedy-drama film directed and produced by Anthony Fabian, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Carroll Cartwright, Keith Thompson, and Olivia Hetreed. It is the third film adaptation of the 1958 novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico. Set in the late 1950s, Gallico’s novel features the exploits of an unassuming London cleaning lady who, while cleaning the house of a client, discovers and covets a designer dress by Dior. After unexpectedly coming into money, Mrs. Harris decides to travel to Paris on a whim and buy a Dior dress.
Inveigling her way into the haute couture fashion house by accident, she soon makes friends with model Natasha. She is assisted in her quest by the Marquis de Chassagne, a well-to-do French gentleman, who offers her his arm when she is on the verge of being thrown out and puts in a good word for her in the rarefied atmosphere of Parisian high society.
The fish-out-of-water trope is soon complicated by the revelation that the director of Dior, Claudine, plans to fire several employees due to financial constraints. Will the plucky Mrs. Harris stymie her designs and get the dress of her dreams?