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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
OUR RATING: ★★★½
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.
Our Favorite Quotes:'We need our dreams. Now more than ever.' - Ada Harris (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) Click To Tweet
Ada Harris: It’s my lucky day today.
Chandler: Same as every day.
Pamela Penrose: [to Ada] You’re an angel. What would I do without you?
Archie: Well, if it isn’t the marvelous Mrs. H and her trusty sidekick. What can I get you, ladies? It’s been a lucky week.
Vi Butterfield: Two port and lemon. Every week’s lucky if you’re a bookmaker.
Archie: You’re not wrong there, love.
Archie: [referring to the dogs] Now these two are a proper judge of character. They like you, Ada Harris.
Vi Butterfield: Why they stick with you if they’re so smart?
Archie: [to Ada, referring to Vi] Why do you stick with her, her being so crabby?
Ada Harris: Met her my first shift building planes. Never had a better friend.
Vi Butterfield: Trouble with this one, she always speak the truth. Can’t help herself.
Archie: That is a terrible affliction.
Ada Harris: [after receiving a letter confirming her husband was killed in action] I should’ve known. He would’ve got back to me if he could’ve, one way or another. Well, that’s that then. Footloose and fancy-free.
'That's what we are. The invisible women.' - Ada Harris (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) Click To Tweet
Lady Dant: The moment I laid eyes on Ravissante, I was ravished. To the tune of five hundred pounds.
Ada Harris: Five hundred quid, for a dress?
Lady Dant: Shh, shh, shh. Lord Dant. I don’t mind admitting things have been a bit bloody of late, but when I put it on, nothing else matters.
Vi Butterfield: [after Ada wins the pools] Ada, what you going to do?
Ada Harris: I’m going to buy a dress.
Vi Butterfield: Something pretty for the Legion Dance.
Ada Harris: Yeah. A Christian Dior dress from Paris. Five hundred quid.
Chandler: Single, Miss Violet?
Vi Butterfield: No cleaning up after no man for me.
Giles Newcombe: Mrs. Harris is the soul of discretion. One would never know she’d been but for the polish on my knobs.
'I'm a cleaner from Battersea. No mystery there.' - Ada Harris 'No, you're a cleaner who dreams of the most beautiful gown in the world.' - André Fauvel (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) Click To Tweet
Pamela Penrose: [referring to her auditions] Oh, I don’t know why I bother. “Too young. Too old. Too tall. Too fat.”
Ada Harris: You’re just right, ducks.
Pamela Penrose: I’m twenty-three. Couple more years, and it’s all over for me.
Ada Harris: Oh, you’ve plenty of time.
Pamela Penrose: You can’t imagine what it’s like, Mrs. Harris, always having to worry about your looks.
Vi Butterfield: Hey, Cinderella, why did you bring them rags?
Ada Harris: I will go to the ball, when I get me dress.
Archie: Ada, the very girl I was after.
Ada Harris: What can I do for you, ducks?
Archie: Now, don’t get me excited. You know I’ve got a dodgy ticker.
Ada Harris: Oh, get away with you.
Vi Butterfield: She got bigger plans than you.
Archie: I can see that.
Ada Harris: That’s what we are, Vi. The invisible women.
Vi Butterfield: Speak for yourself. They see me coming.
'We mend, but we don't forget.' - Ada Harris (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) Click To Tweet
Ada Harris: [referring to the dog she wants to bet on] Haute Couture, please.
Archie: The dog’s a bag of bones. It couldn’t win with a rocket up its a**.
Vi Butterfield: You tell her, Archie. She’s lost her marbles.
Ada Harris: No, it’s Haute Couture. It’s a sign. How could it be anything else?
Archie: Ada, girl, I’ve been doing this a long time, alright? Signs don’t win races.
Ada Harris: Not till tonight, they didn’t.
Archie: [after Ada loses her money on the dog race] Nothing wrong with dreaming, Ada, hmm? When I came to London, the streets were paved with my dreams. That’s what you are. You’re a dreamer. Plain as the nose on your face.
Ada Harris: You got a nerve. Coming into my home, drinking my tea, blackening his name. How much do you want? How much? And then you can leave.
RAF Officer: I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick.
Ada Harris: Oh, have I? Well, I’ll tell you where you can shove your stick in a minute, if you don’t watch out.
RAF Officer: Oh, golly, no. I’m here to give you money, Mrs. Harris, not to take it from you.
Ada Harris: Righto, Paris, here I come. It’s a fair old walk.
'Dior, it's not just a gown. It's all the elegance, and the savvy, and all that.' - Ada Harris (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) Click To Tweet
Ada Harris: Is it far, Dior?
Michel Simon: Oh, twenty minutes. But after you take wine, two hours.
Ada Harris: The binmen are on strike?
Michel Simon: Ah, yes. Now all Paris, smells like me.
Michel Simon: [to Ada] You are a noble woman. And remember, in France, the worker is king.
Ada Harris: Excuse me, dear. Where would I find the frocks?
Claudine Colbert: I fear you have the wrong address, madame. I will call someone to show you the way.
Ada Harris: No. No, no. Sorry. I’m after a frock. One of them five hundred pound ones.
'It's not sewing. It's making moonlight.' - Ada Harris (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) Click To Tweet
Ada Harris: [as she’s being made to leave Dior] Hang on a minute. I’ve come miles. I saved every penny, scrubbing floors, and I don’t know what, so I can buy this frock.
Claudine Colbert: [in French and English] A Christian Dior gown is not for pennies. Have her removed at once.
Ada Harris: [as she places the cash on the counter] Right. If you think I ain’t got the money, there.
André Fauvel: [in French] It’s real money, Madame Colbert. If only everyone could do the same.
Marquis de Chassagne: [to Ada] Excuse me, cher Madame. But it would me my honor to have you view the collection as my guest.
Marquis de Chassagne: [as he gives Ada back her money] There you are. Merci. Shall we?
Marquis de Chassagne: [to Ada] My wife and I would come here together. I like to see beautiful clothes. And beautiful women, of course.
Ada Harris: [as she views the Dior dress collection] Ooh, that’s lovely.
'Life is not all moonlight and movies.' - André Fauvel 'Why can't it be? I've spent too long on my own, wishing my life away.' - Ada Harris (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) Click To Tweet
Ada Harris: Who’s that bloke?
Marquis de Chassagne: Well, it’s the master himself, Monsieur Dior.
Ada Harris: Go on. Oh, he looks like my milkman.
Marguerite: Madame Harris, I regret, well, there is a difficulty with Temptation. It seems Madame Avallon demands it.
Ada Harris: How does that work, then? You only got the one dress?
Claudine Colbert: I’m sorry. Madame insists on exclusivity. Madame Avallon is one of our most devoted clients.
Marguerite: And her husband is known as The King of Rubbish.
Claudine Colbert: Venus is six hundred thousand francs.
André Fauvel: Four hundred and thirty pounds.
Ada Harris: Wrap it up. I got a plane to catch. I’m a day late as it is.
Marguerite: Mais Madame Harris, every dress is made and fitted individually for the client.
Claudine Colbert: Yes, this is haute couture.
'You're needed. Now more than ever. We clean up everybody's mess and make everything in the garden lovely. We're the ones they rely on. They don't even know what we do, but as sure as eggs is eggs, without us, it all goes tits up.' Click To Tweet
Ada Harris: [as the dressmakers clap for her] You don’t get all this hoo-ha when you buy a frock down Woolworths.
Marguerite: Well, I can tell you such things do not happen every day here either.
Monsieur Carré: Madame has the proportions of a model.
Ada Harris: Model railway, more like. One of the curvy bits.
Natasha: [referring to her book] It’s “Being and Not Being”.
Ada Harris: I like to curl up with a juicy mystery meself.
Ada Harris: You must have better things to do.
Natasha: No, not really. After the défilé, there’s always a certain feeling of emptiness.
Ada Harris: [to Natasha, after they clean André’s apartment] She’s a good worker. I can always find you a job, my girl, if the modeling don’t work out.
Ada Harris: My Eddie’s favorite. Be even better if we had a bit of gravy.
Natasha: And what’s the dish named?
Ada Harris: Toad-in-the-hole.
'There is hope for us all.' - Vi Butterfield (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) Click To Tweet
Natasha: [referring to Jean-Paul Sartre philosopy] Is Mrs. Harris the cleaner, or is there more to define her existence?
André Fauvel: Exactement.
Ada Harris: I’m a cleaner from Battersea. No mystery there.
André Fauvel: No, you’re a cleaner who dreams of the most beautiful gown in the world.
Ada Harris: Oh, dreams, eh?
Ada Harris: We mend, but we don’t forget.
Marquis de Chassagne: [to Ada] When you display your Dior dress to the world, it will be perfection.