Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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.

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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.

  • Frances McDormand

    Miss Pettigrew

  • Frances McDormand

    Miss Pettigrew

  • Amy Adams

    Delysia Lafosse

  • Amy Adams

    Delysia Lafosse

  • Lee Pace

    Michael Pardue

  • Lee Pace

    Michael Pardue

  • Ciar'an Hinds

    Joe Blumfield

  • Shirley Henderson

    Edythe Dubarry

  • Mark Strong

    Nick Colderelli

  • Tom Payne

    Phil Goldman

  • Bharat Nalluri

    DIRECTOR

  • Bharat Nalluri

    DIRECTOR

  • David McGee

    Writer

  • David McGee

    Writer

  • Simon Beaufoy

    Writer

  • Nellie Bellflower

    Producer

  • Stephen Garrett

    Producer

  • Winifred Watson

    Writer

  • Paul Webster

    Producer

  • Jane Frazer

    Co-Producer

  • John de Borman

    Cinematographer

  • Sarah Greenwood

    Production Designer

  • Barney Pilling

    Editor

  • Paul Englishby

    Composer

  • Michael O'Connor

    Costume Designer