TEA WITH THE DAMES
Directed by Roger Michell
Rated PG: coarse language; violence
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins reminisce and reflect on decades of incredible memories and performances on screen and stage. Sharing their many sides, now compelling, now funny, now sensitive now comedic now irreverent, these four ladies position some truly excellent archival footage with context and dialogue, outlining experiences and performances that gave a new generation of actors four women to look up to. Join the dames as they perform one more time for us, in their greatest roles yet: themselves.
Director Roger Mitchell brings his audience to the table with some of the world’s most revered actors as we eavesdrop on every priceless nugget shared by his subjects… His knowledge regarding each actor’s comfort level serves him well in this picture, illuminating the humanity of these larger-than-life icons.
– Matt Fagerholm, Rogerebert.com
This is cinematic magic for the discerning…. Fabulous archive footage exposes each of the women at different stages of their careers.
– Louise Keller, Urban Cinephile
This is a terrific documentary on a number of levels. It is not only a moving walk down memory lane but also a delightful depiction of friendship. The women are, even in their latter years, true thespians and their repartee is joyous. All of them have been the recipients of multiple awards and you get the impression that they are not finished with their careers yet…
– Ian and Sheila Taylor, A Film Life