In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Academy Award® nominee Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson in upstate New York — the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney), Franklin’s neighbour and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but also a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship. –TIFF
An award-winning play director whose venture into film and television proved equally successful, Roger Michell directed one of the highest grossing British films of all time, “Notting Hill.”
Michell was born in South Africa but spent significant parts of his childhood in Beirut, Damascus and Prague since his father’s job as a diplomat required the family to move often. While in England, he enrolled at Cambridge University and, by age 17, received considerable attention for his directing talents. The same year, he earned the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company Goodbody Award, named after the acclaimed British female director Buzz Goodbody, who committed suicide at the age of 29.
After graduating from Cambridge in 1977, Michell moved to London and began an apprenticeship at the Royal Court Theatre. During this time he was living hand-to-mouth in a rundown section of town, but he was gaining invaluable experience acting as assistant director to noted British playwrights… read more
It's two films joined together in the worst possible way. The comedy of manners with FDR and the King & Queen of England is quite enjoyable (God bless Olivia Colman!), but the relationship drama with Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, and Elizabeth Marvel is God-awful, with career-worst work from nearly everyone involved.
A rare sighting of Bill Murray in this small but well formed movie about the visit of the stuttering King George VI to FDR's summer hideaway to ask for American help against Germany in 1939. The clash of social mores is well observed with plenty of moments of exquisite awkwardness as Olivia Coleman's more acidic version of the Queen Mother tries to grapple with American manners and the complexities of FDR's harem.
I've seen this film three times now and am hopelessly in love with it. Eschewing historical accuracy, Hyde Park instead concocts a lightly comic revel that happens to feature historical characters. Lingering on fleeting moments in time that come to define the characters in unexpected ways, this film is a surprisingly moving portrait of life's little miracles. A gentle masterpiece.
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