Miss Potter

EnglandRenee ZellwegerEwan McGregorBeatrix PotterEmily Watson

Renée Zellweger shines in the charming "Miss Potter," which sketches the life and loves of literary great Beatrix Potter, author of the beloved children's book "The Tale of Peter Rabbit."

Set in early 20th Century London and England's scenic Lake District, "Miss Potter" expertly ambles from the author-illustrator's early bouts with the period's sexism on through to her literary success and conservation efforts.

"Babe" helmer Chris Noonan directs, lovingly capturing the nuances of artistry interacting with commerce in equal measure with the lush English countryside. Ewan McGregor (a.k.a. Obi-Wan Kenobi) appears as Potter's publisher and early love interest with Emily Watson ("Red Dragon") as the publisher's eccentric sister.

Zellweger (best supporting actress Oscar winner for "Cold Mountain") presents Potter as an accidental and endearing feminist, pursuing equality simply out of sheer eagerness to share her bunny tales. The actress brings the author to full luminous life on screen, with a perfect balance of charm, humor, beauty and a touch of magic.

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