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Tea with the Dames

  • Starring: Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith
  • Director: Roger Michell
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 84 min.

What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who hereby invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. Bursting with devilish wit and whip-smart insights, Tea With The Dames is a remarkable opportunity to spend time in the company of four all-time greats—up close and unfiltered. [Sundance Selects]

"It’s delicious — sweet, tart, surprisingly moving and funny as hell. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Tea with the Dames is absolutely charming and surprisingly emotional. "
- Julia Teti, The Playlist
"It’s all immensely entertaining, revealing, and moving—especially the occasional silences, when they sit comfortably together and the shared years fill the open space. "
- Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The assembled dames are so smart, witty and strong-willed, it’s a wrench to have to part company from them at the end of the film. "
- Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
"Candid, insightful and unpredictable, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith are not only acting legends but also great friends. And a treat to hang out with."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Serious actors will find a whole new respect for these women and their individual contributions to film and theater, who fought through way through a system made for men and blazed a path for those who followed. And fans of one or all the dames will see the object of their fandom be real, open, and honest."
- Alan Ng, Film Threat
"Michell’s film allows us the privilege to spend an unscripted hour or so with the four acting goddesses during their routine visit to Plowright’s home in the English countryside, and though our time with them is brief, the very thought of our world existing in their absence is almost unbearable. "
- Matt Fagerholm,
"Unrehearsed, spontaneous and off-the-cuff, they don’t hold back, their fearless charm is relaxed and effortless, and the relentless candor is enchanting. The result is 83 minutes of bliss spent with four Dames who know the difference between truth and illusion, and generously give a great deal of both. In Tea with the Dames, boredom is not an option."
- Rex Reed, Observer