Dior Dreams: The First Trailer Arrives for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

We must admit to being a bit baffled about the continuing and enthusiastic consumption of apocalyptic entertainment, at time when the very real threat of Apocalypse dogs our everyday existence. Seriously, a little more than two years into a still fatal pandemic, and with a considerable war raging just a continent away, all we can handle right now is pure, unabashed escapism (with apologies to the producers of A Handmaid’s Tale and Squid Game).

And escapism we shall have this coming July, as the eagerly anticipated Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris arrives in theaters. Based on the best-selling book, it whisks us back to a postwar London, where a widowed cleaning woman – Mrs. Harris, played by Oscar winner Lesley Manville – stumbles across a gorgeous Dior dress, and decides that the acquisition of one for herself will become the driving force of her life from here on in.

The first trailer has arrived, and it opens with her employers going on rhapsodically about her efficiency and discretion (in 1950s London, discretion was de rigueur, obviously), all while probably not paying her nearly enough for the stellar job that she does. She sums up her predicament to a colleague thusly: “This is what we are: invisible women.”

Of course, when she first sees the Dior, her immediate reaction is, “Five-hundred quid? For a dress??” But she knows her life is about to change. And change it does, when she discovers she should have been collecting a war widow’s pension for years, and it’s now added up to quite a tidy sum. She flies to Paris, shows up at the storied French fashion house’s runway show, and is about to be rudely turned away…but Lambert Wilson’s Marquis de Chassagne rescues her, extending an arm and insisting to her, “It would be my honor to have you view the collection as my guest.”

Still, she later encounters more snooty detractors amongst the beau monde, one who even tells her bluntly, “You are a nobody, invisible.”

She is determined, though, and even the build of the music in the trailer kind of hints at how it’s all going to end. But it doesn’t matter, as we don’t need to see this one for the suspense, but rather because we’ve never needed a heart-tugging underdog story more than we do now (it’s not really about the dress, but about following one’s dreams). And director Anthony Fabian’s film is so visually evocative of a not so long ago Paris, that it will surely be easy to get completely lost in.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, also starring Isabelle Huppert and Lucas Bravo, arrives in theaters July 15 via Focus Features.

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