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Friday, October 19, 2012

Keeping Mum

Adapted from Pulitzer Prize winner, Richard Russo's, short story The Trunk, Keeping Mum is a dark comedy set in the fictional English village, Little Wallop, with Rowan Atkinson and Kristin Scott Thomas staring as a vicar and his wife, and Maggie Smith as the housekeeper with a past.

From the DVD:
Rowan Atkinson stars as an absent-minded vicar of a rural parish who is so distracted by the pressures of his job that he fails to notice his wife's dalliance with her brash golf instructor, his daughter's parade of new boyfriends, and his young son's regular trounding by the school bullies. Enter their charming new housekeeper, Grace, a sweet old lady with her own distinctive definition of cleaning house and a very unusual way of solving problems.

While the movie was marvelous, I also enjoyed, in the features section, a glimpse into the making of the movie. It was partly filmed (church and vicarage) in St-Michael-Penkevil, near Truro. (I love this part of England and visited the church many years ago when I lived in Cornwall.) The golf club scenes were filmed on the Isle of Man, an island between Ireland and England. The railway scenes were filmed in Yorkshire.


Joanne said...

I just got this on Netflix. Haven't watched yet, but looking to laugh. I shall keep my eyes open for your fave scenery

K9friend said...

Looks like a good one!

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Nikki-ann said...

I loved Keeping Mum! Didn't Patrick Swayze appear in it too?