This film follows Ada Harris (Lesley Manville), a widowed cleaning lady who gets mistreated by many of the people she cleans homes for. When she falls in love with a couture Dior dress, she decides that she wants nothing more than to own one of the beautiful dresses for herself.
After working extra and saving every penny she can, she is finally able to take a trip to Paris to buy a dress. Upon arrival, she is met with disdain from snobby Claudine Coulbert (Isabelle Huppert) who runs the office for fashion designer Dior. Many of the designers and seamstresses take pity on Ada as she wins them over with her sweet attitude and enduring strength. She is able to buy a dress, and she spends a week in Paris for fittings.
Ada affects all the lives around her. Everyone she meets, from a model to the office manager to Dior himself, is changed simply from knowing her. Dress in hand, she heads back to London where she puts her trust in the wrong person and loans out her fancy new dress.
I won’t spoil the ending for you, but this film is heart warming and tragic at the same time. It is as funny as it is endearing. I’ll admit to shedding a few tears, both happy and sad, because who hasn’t put their trust in the wrong people while not seeing the good friends right in front of us? And who hasn’t followed their dream only to have it not go according to plan?
This film gets my highest recommendation. I loved every minute.