Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Cast and Crew | Focus Features

Can you get a life and discover love, all in one day? Two women are about to find out.

In the sophisticated and heartfelt comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Academy Award winner Frances McDormand plays the film's title role opposite Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (star of the blockbuster Enchanted).

The cast also includes Golden Globe Award nominee Lee Pace (of the hit series Pushing Daisies), Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood), Shirley Henderson (the Harry Potter films), Mark Strong (Stardust), and screen newcomer Tom Payne.

In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (played by Ms. McDormand) is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as severance pay, Miss Pettigrew realizes that she must - for the first time in two decades - seize the day. This she does, by intercepting an employment assignment outside of her comfort level - as "social secretary." Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Ms. Adams).

Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu - and, within hours, living it up. Taking the "social secretary" designation to heart, she tries to help her new friend Delysia navigate a love life and career, both of which are complicated by the three men in Delysia's orbit; devoted pianist Michael (Mr. Pace), intimidating nightclub owner Nick (Mr. Strong), and impressionable junior impresario Phil (Mr. Payne). Miss Pettigrew herself is blushingly drawn to the gallant Joe (Mr. Hinds), a successful designer who is tenuously engaged to haughty fashion maven Edythe (Ms. Henderson) - the one person who senses that the new "social secretary" may be out of her element, and schemes to undermine her.

Over the next 24 hours, Guinevere and Delysia will empower each other to discover their romantic destinies.

Miss Pettigrew

- Frances McDormand

Miss Pettigrew

- Frances McDormand

Delysia Lafosse

- Amy Adams

Delysia Lafosse

- Amy Adams

Michael Pardue

- Lee Pace

Michael Pardue

- Lee Pace

Joe Blumfield

- Ciar'an Hinds

Edythe Dubarry

- Shirley Henderson

Nick Colderelli

- Mark Strong

Phil Goldman

- Tom Payne

DIRECTOR

- Bharat Nalluri

DIRECTOR

- Bharat Nalluri

Writer

- David McGee

Writer

- David McGee

Writer

- Simon Beaufoy

Producer

- Nellie Bellflower

Producer

- Stephen Garrett

Writer

- Winifred Watson

Producer

- Paul Webster

Co-Producer

- Jane Frazer

Cinematographer

- John de Borman

Production Designer

- Sarah Greenwood

Editor

- Barney Pilling

Composer

- Paul Englishby

Costume Designer

- Michael O'Connor