British acting icons Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright invite you for a nice chat.
The four British acting icons Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright share an extraordinary friendship. For more than 50 years, they have been meeting in a cottage for tea.
The “Dames”, who have been knighted by the Queen for their outstanding acting performance, gather regularly to share the latest gossip, their lives, memories and experiences. With more than 250 years of acting career, the four icons have shaped both theater and film, from “James Bond” to “Downton Abbey” to “Harry Potter”.
The viewer immerses in the cozy tea party of the four ladies and can be splashed by their pleasurable anecdotes about the quirks of fellow actors, ex-husbands and formative experiences. The outspoken and not always youth-free humor of the ladies is infectious and conjures up a smile again and again in the face. The conversation is accompanied by short excerpts from old films of the four Britons.
As unusual and different as the individual characters of the friends may be, they seem pleasantly harmonious and familiar during their chat – even if they sometimes impatiently interrupt each other. Director Roger Michell (“Notthing Hill”) succeeds in attending the conversation as a silent observer and capturing the ladies in this cinematic reportage as if no cameras had been there.