To followup and conclude another entry in my Challenge to Read the Book –> See the Movie, I hereby report that the film Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, starring Joan Plowright, is
A beautiful adaption of the novel by Elizabeth Taylor. My thoughts on the ‘read’ portion is here.
Something interesting for discussion – even if you have not read/seen this – is the concept of how can perfectly in love parents produce not so delightful children…. I found this in the forum posts at the review on imdb.com. One dilemma of the story is how warm and wise and delightful Mrs. Palfrey is but her daughter is cold and uncaring. Someone hinted that sometimes a mother and father are so totally devoted to each other that they don’t have anything left over to give to their kids! Perhaps this is why the widow Mrs. Palfrey feels so alone and abandoned in her later years. (But it doesn’t explain why her grandson is also such a twit. You might think some qualities would skip a generation but not in this family.)