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Starring: Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, Ellen Thomas, Rose Williams, Roxane Duran, Christian McKay, Guilaine Londez
Period drama directed and co-written by Anthony Fabian. Set in 1950s London, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022) centers on widowed cleaning lady Ada Harris (Lesley Manville), who after falling madly in love with a couture Dior dress, decides she must have one of her own. So after working to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris that will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Pamela Penrose: Mrs. Harris, what would I do without you?
Giles Newcombe: Mrs. Harris is the soul of discretion. One would never know she’d been but for the polish on my knobs.
Ada Harris: That what we are, Vi, the invisible women.
Lady Dant: [referring to the dress] Isn’t it divine? Five hundred pounds.
Ada Harris: Five hundred quid, for a dress?
Lady Dant: When I put it on, nothing else matters.
Ada Harris: My Eddie would love to see me in a Dior gown.
Vi Butterfield: The war’s been over a long time. Your Eddie’s never coming back.
Archie: [to Ada] That’s what you are, you’re a dreamer.
RAF Officer: [to Ada] You should have been receiving a war widow’s pension. It comes to quite a tidy sum.
Ada Harris: Oh, it’s my Eddie. It’s a sign from my angel.
Vi Butterfield: What are you going to do?
Ada Harris: I’m going to buy a dress. A Christian Dior from Paris.
Ada Harris: Excuse me, dear. I’m after a frock. One of them five hundred pound ones.
Claudine Colbert: You have the wrong address.
André Fauvel: Please, let me escort you out.
Ada Harris: No! No! No! Hang on a minute! I saved every penny, scrubbing floors, so I can buy this frock.
Marquis de Chassagne: Excuse me, but it would be honor to have you view the collection as my guest.
Ada Harris: [as she views the Dior dress collection] Ooh, that’s lovely.
Marquis de Chassagne: Who’s that bloke?
Ada Harris: Well, it’s the master himself, Monsieur Dior.
Marquis de Chassagne: Oh, he looks like my milkman.
Claudine Colbert: A Dior dress is designed to astonish. How will you do that, Mrs. Harris? You are nobody. Invisible.
Ada Harris: What was I thinking, coming here? I’m just a cleaner from London.
André Fauvel: No, you’re a cleaner who dreams of the most beautiful gown in the world.
Ada Harris: It’s not sewing, it’s making moonlight.
Natasha: You dare to follow your dreams, Mrs. Harris. Bravo.
Man: [to Ada] This is not possible. Not at all.
Claudine Colbert: Where are you going, Mrs. Harris?
Ada Harris: To see the boss.
Natasha: [referring to the flowers] Mrs. Harris, these are for you, from Monsieur le Marquis.
Ada Harris: [to André] I’ve spent too long on my own, wishing my life away. You don’t want to do the same thing. This is your chance.
Claudine Colbert: [to Ada] I have never encountered anyone like you.
Ada Harris: Come on, girls. Follow me.
André Fauvel: Today, there is a new woman, a modern woman.
Ada Harris: I thought it was too late. Now, I’m not so sure.