| Comedy, Fantasy, Romance |
Release Date (Theaters) : Feb 19, 2021 Limited
Runtime : 1h 35m
Blithe Spirit is a 2020 British comedy film about a seance where the spirit of a writer’s dead first wife is summoned back, causing chaos.
Directed by Edward Hall – making his feature film debut after lots of stage and TV work such as Downtown Abbey – from a screenplay co-written by Piers Ashworth, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft, based on the play by Noël Coward, the movie stars Dan Stevens, Judi Dench, Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann, Emilia Fox, Callie Cooke, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Julian Rhind-Tutt, James Fleet and Simon Kunz.
Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) suffers from terrible writer’s block and is struggling to finish his first screenplay. His picture-perfect new wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focused so they can fulfill her dream of leaving London for Hollywood.
Charles’ quest for inspiration leads him to invite the eccentric mystic Madame Acarti (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in his home. He gets more than he bargained for when Madame Acarti inadvertently summons the spirit of his first wife: the brilliant and fiery Elvira (Leslie Mann). Ready to pick up her life right where she left off, Elvira is shocked to discover the prim and proper Ruth is now married to her husband and running her household. Charles finds himself stuck between his two wives and their increasingly over-the-top attempts to outdo one another. [IFC Films]