Ada Harris (Angela Lansbury), a London charwoman in the 1950’s, sees a Dior dress and decides that she’s going to own one. First, she scrimps and saves her money, but when she has enough, and takes a trip to Paris, she learns that buying an original couture creation is a little harder than simply plunking down cash. Along the way to her goal, she manages to befriend a count, unite young lovers, and dodge customs.
Now this film has a really special place for me, as it was a movie that I had watched when I was little with my Nanna telling me it was really good. It wasnt until last year that I eventually found out it was this movie and none other than Angela Lansbury was in it. You can imagine my excitement when I found out what it was and was able to purchase the DVD. Last night I watched it again, and still love it as much as I always have. It is such a sweet and nice story about determination to actually get something that you really really want.
Angela Lansbury was very sweet and funny in the role of Ada Harris or ‘Arris. With her cockney charm and just cute sayings. She ends up being a total problem solver in the week that she spends in Paris, after thinking she could go in a day to buy a Dior dress which it took her 3 years to save up 450 pounds to buy it. Baring in mind this was set in the 1950’s that was a lot of money then, especially for someone like Mrs Harris.
Mrs Harris changes the lives of those she befriends in Paris, by reuniting one with his daughter and granddaughter, setting up two young people who end up engaged, helping a woman to get recognition for what her husband done it the way. Some of these moments are quite sad, but lovely at the same time. As is when Mrs Harris talks about her husband who died because of what he done in the war. Her determination and spirit is really fantastic and inspiring as she will not let anyone stop her dream of owning a Dior dress, no matter which obstacles are put in her way.
It is really good to be able to watch a movie like this and just get lost in it as it does help you to forget about anything else going on. It’s sweet, nice and has a great performance from Lansbury in it. She really is fantastic. Omar Sharif, was very charming as well and eventually helps out Mrs Harris when it comes to getting her dress finished.
I would totally recommend this movie if you really want to watch something that does not require a lot of attention, but something that you can get lost in and a sweet tale involving an old lady who has a dream.