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Miss Potter

THE LIFE OF BEATRIX POTTER IS THE MOST ENCHANTING TALE OF ALL.

In 1901, Beatrix Potter (Ren√©e Zellweger) finally finds a publisher willing to print “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”; her relationship with the firm’s inexperienced representative (Ewan McGregor) grows into something deeper. The man who brought us Babe (1995) returns for a story that shares a few similarities; this one also concerns a beloved children’s book and animation is cleverly used to make us see Peter Rabbit and his friends the way Beatrix did. A very handsome production supports a central romance that may seem a bit rose-colored, but it is genuinely uplifting and touching, beautifully enacted by the two stars.

2006-U.S.-Britain. 91 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by David Kirschner, Mike Medavoy, Corey Sienega, David Thwaites. Directed by Chris Noonan. Screenplay: Richard Maltby, Jr. Cast: Renée Zellweger (Beatrix Potter), Ewan McGregor (Norman Warne), Emily Watson (Millie Warne), Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson, Matyelok Gibbs.

Trivia: Co-executive produced by Zellweger.

Last word: “It was a long process. When I signed on, it was only partially funded. My first task was to figure out how much we needed to make the film. Then there was a period of raising money from various sources¬Ė; we have a mosaic investment structure. It came together slowly. While we were shooting, Weinstein Company signed on¬Ė and we got funds that allowed us to readdress the film’¬ís ending to make it work.” (Noonan, AWFJ.org)

 

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