If you ever need a DVD for all generations – say, around the holidays…, Miss Potter is perfect for this situation – it is whimsical without being overly saccharine.
This is a peek into Victorian society – in which Beatrix is encouraged from childhood on to exploit her talent as an artist, yet her parents are bound by rigid class lines when it comes to marriage.
The cast is filled with great British character actors, including Barbara Flynn and Bill Paterson as Beatrix’ parents. And the wonderfully weird chaperone, Miss Wiggin, is played by Matyelok Gibbs. Emily Watson plays the sister of Beatrix’ fiance, who immediately adopts Beatrix as a soulmate and friend.
As a bonus, it is beautifully produced with a wonderful soundtrack by Katie Melua. Even though this isn’t technically a holiday movie, it will add a bit of magic to this festive season.
Don’t forget to check out the actual books (The Tailor of Gloucester was Beatrix’ favorite and perfect for the Christmas season).