26 October 2009

Have you seen the movie Penelope?

What?! No?  Well you should.  It's not a new movie, (originally released at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006), but it is a good one if you like fantasy romantic comedies with lovely costumes. 

Penelope (played by the delightful Christina Ricci) is born with the nose of a pig due to an ancestral curse.  Her mother, horrified that her daughter is 'different' hides her away from society until she reaches adulthood when potential high society suitors are interviewed in an attempt to marry Penelope off.  The idea is that to break the curse  Penelope must 'earn the love of one of her own kind'. 

The cast includes actors such as James McAvoy as Max, a potential suitor who has been hired by Lemon (Peter Dinklage) in an attempt to get a newsworthy photograph of the 'girl with the face of a pig'.  Catherine O'Hara plays Penelope's snooty and very image conscious mother.  Reese Witherspoon also plays a role in the movie as Penelope's streetwise friend in the real world when Penelope escapes the family mansion and goes it alone.

Aside from the fact that this is a lovely 'feel good' movie with a meaningful message, I really loved Penelope's quirky, but very wearable clothes.

Look at this red jacket and cute beret... so nifty!

And this awesome coat with the mixture of retro buttons!  I love it!!!  Not to mention the scarf and the green shoes!

And this stripey long sleeve sweater... I do like stripes.

The costumes for the movie were designed by Jill Taylor (from Britain).  The idea for the costumes was to design them with a quirky 'other-worldly look', so outfits were customised with buttons, trim, brooches, and ribbon etc to give the effect of Penelope having adapted them herself to suit her own slightly eccentric style.  I think they did a great job! 

Anyway... Penelope is a sweet, quirky, movie with a good cast and great costumes.  In my opinion it is well worth watching.

Please note, the pictures and some information are from Aranel Online and the Christina Ricci fan site.

Arabella Chickie in Greece


Anonymous said...

I want one like that! And I want those green tights and shoes! And the red beret!

Anonymous said...

Please I need to find info on a pattern for the velvet or satin jacket she wore on the swing at the end of the movie PENELOPE when shes on the swing after speaking to the children... please