Life is Waiting for You to Invite it In

Featuring Joan Plowright, Anna Massey, Robert Lang, Rupert Friend and Zoe Tapper


All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer.

When widow Sarah Palfrey (Joan Plowright) meets young writer Ludovic Meyer (Rupert Friend) he becomes her surrogate grandson. She wants to retain some independence, living in a genteel, small London hotel, and he is seeking life experience and inspiration for his creativity. But their relationship is not without complications…

What the critics said…

“‘Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont’ is a juicy morsel for the great British actress Dame Joan Plowright, who endows Mrs. Palfrey with stoic charm and decency.”
The NY Times

“‘Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont’ is an endearing, deceptively simple story (the film) excels at presenting a relationship unfurling with comedic undertones that will appeal to older audiences, art house patrons, and Joan Plowright fans.”

“As in a fine miniature painting, director Dan Ireland and screenwriter Ruth Sacks work in small brushstrokes in ‘Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont.’ The details are what matters, and thanks to a cast of all-star British elders and a mischievous sense of humor, the filmmakers bring those details to vivid life.”
The Hollywood Reporter

Further Reviews can be read at Rotten Tomatoes


Winner Best Film, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Winner Best Actress (Joan Plowright), AARP’s Films for Grownups Award
Winner Best New Talent (Rupert Friend), International Press Academy Awards


Mrs Palfrey Joan Plowright
Ludovic Meyer Rupert Friend
Mrs Arbuthnot Anna Massey
Gwendolyn Zoe Tapper
Mr Osborne Robert Lang
Mrs Post Marcia Warren
Mrs Burton Georgina Hale
Mrs De Salis Millicent Martin
Mrs Meyer Clare Higgins
Violet Emma Pike
Summers Timothy Bateson

Production Credits

Director Dan Ireland
Producers Zachary Matz, Andrew Mark Sewell (UK)
Writer Ruth Sacks, based on the novel by Elizabeth Taylor
Production Company Picture Entertainment in association with B7 Productions
Category Feature
Duration 1 x 90’
Genre Drama