Winifred Watson's forgotten 1938 novel about a prim governess who rediscovers her joie de vivre
over the course of a single day when she goes to work for a daffy American actress received a warm welcome when it was republished in 2001. Naturally, it's now a movie, one that looks and sounds great, and is at its best when it isn't trying too hard to have fun.
London, 1939. Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) is a vicar's daughter through and through, as she's wont to remind anyone who doubts her stern judgment. She brings all the rectitude that entails to her work as a domestic -- jobs she doesn't keep for very long precisely on account of it....