Miss Potter

Miss Potter

DVD - 2007
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In an effort to give their younger brother, Norman a project to keep him busy now that he has joined the family publishing house, the older Warne brothers agree to publish Miss Beatrix Potter's first children's book. They don't expect the book to sell well, but they need to keep Norman busy. As a single woman living in Edwardian London, Beatrix suspects this endeavor may provide her with a small measure of freedom. But she also has very specific ideas about how the book should be published. As they work together, Norman and Beatrix become close. After the first book is published, Beatrix goes on to a second book and that sells well. One day at lunch, she meets the rest of Norman's family, including his sister, Millie and the two women become fast friends. Norman proposes, but Beatrix's parents object to the marriage proposal. After much argument, they agree to let Beatrix marry Norman provided they wait until the end of the summer.

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Before watching this beautiful and amazing movie, I knew very little about Beatrix Potter. After I watched it the first time, I instantly began snatching up anything and everything related to Beatrix Potter, and I'm now a huge fan. She led such an interesting life, and was so incredibly talent... Read More »


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vickmeister
Jul 15, 2018

A pleasant recounting of the story of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, showing how her famous characters first sprang to life when she was a child, and her struggles as a single woman in England attempting to get her due respect against the narrow expectations for women at the end of the Victorian era. I was a bit worried in the first few minutes as the initial voiceover was "Bridget Jones Goes to Victorian London," but once the story was full underway, Renee Zellweger kept the cutesiness to a minimum and it became an interesting, engrossing story. Strong performances all around her from the supporting cast, with beautiful settings both in interiors and the lovely scenery of the Lake District. Suitable for adults and children.

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ralwal
Jun 25, 2018

Good for children.

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Liber_vermis
Apr 23, 2018

A subtle mix of animation with a live character docu-drama makes this biography, of children's story writer and illustrator, Beatrix Potter enjoyable for young children as well as adults. A compelling chronicle of a determined young woman attempting to pursue her art in the very class and male-centric late Victorian era. Spectacular scenic photography including steam passenger trains on an arched viaduct.

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liliianna
Dec 20, 2017

Very sweet and fun movie. Great for children and adults! I will be watching it again

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glotet
Dec 12, 2017

The DVD cover is perhaps a little misleading. Although romance comes into the story much later, the story itself is about the incredibly creative life of Beatrix Potter, the creator of all of those beautifully illustrated books for children about Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, etc. Beatrix was a fiercely independent woman at a period in time when that was unacceptable, a challenge which she met fully throughout her life. A thoroughly enjoyable film.

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sofa2001
Oct 02, 2016

I usually don't like or watch romance films, and at first I was reluctant to watch Miss Potter, but I actually enjoyed it. And I tormented one of my sisters with the song in the movie. "When You Taught Me How to Dance"!

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Bioethics111
Jul 18, 2016

Every so often, a really fine film finds its way though the morass of so many; Miss Potter is one of those films! A period film that traces a remarkable woman who is 'painted' (pun intended) quite the opposite at the beginning. It is charming in a genuine way and provides us with much to ponder regarding this time and place. The major actors and actresses are superb! Although the chief protagonist is an authoress and illustrator of children's books, her life was marked by very adult tensions. Those tensions were well explored in this film...including a most difficult one: the death of her intended which she must deal with---in all its agony and resolution---for the remainder of the film. That 'subsection' of the film is well worth experiencing. Although easily considered a 'family film,' and shot with pastoral beauty, Miss Potter finds its importance---to this reviewer's mind---in a woman's hopes, determination and the 'breath of her heart." Five thumbs up for such a fine film!

dgeorgia Jan 26, 2016

An absolutely beautiful movie. The storyline, the costumes, the scenery, and set design are amazing. I first saw this movie when it came to the theatres. Watching it a second time all these years later is just as magical as the first time. If you have ever enjoyed a Beatrix Potter book, then you need to watch this movie.

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Jeannie1212
Jan 20, 2016

This is a movie that really transports you. Romantic, soulfully acted, beautiful scenery. A most enjoyable movie. I saw it last night for the third time and still loved it.

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RonnieRags
Dec 20, 2015

This has become one of my favorite movies. It was so nicely done. And, to think that a woman, back in that time, was so independent and forward thinking. Beatrix Potter lives on in her books, even today.

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