Mrs. Brown

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In Brief: An early starring turn for Judi Dench and a precursor of things to come for director John Madden (Shakespeare in LoveThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Mrs. Brown (1997) is a decidedly offbeat period piece exploring the platonic love affair between Queen Victoria and Scotsman John Brown (Billy Connolly). Dench is characteristically fantastic, and Connolly more than holds his own, but this slight little film can't help but pale in comparison to Dench's later career highlights. Still, it's interesting to contrast her work here with her reprisal of the role in Stephen Frear's Victoria and Abdul, an inferior film with a superior performance from its lead.
Genre: Historical Drama
Director: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Anthony Sher, David Westhead
Rated: PG

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Mrs. Brown on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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