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Saving Grace: Film review

Updated on June 13, 2015
Saving Grace starring Brenda Blethyn
Saving Grace starring Brenda Blethyn | Source

Saving Grace: Fabulous British film featuring Brenda Blethyn

It's no secret that Brenda Blethyn is one of my very favourite British actresses. and she's certainly at her best in this wonderful comedy / drama.

One of the best in our collection

We first saw this movie in the cinema the year it was released. (2000). I've a feeling that was the last time we went out to watch a film; ever since then we have been growing our collection of our favourites to watch at home.

Brenda Blethyn, Bill Bailey, Martin Clunes and Leslie Philips

What could be better than this line-up? And what a plot we have here. Grace is a respectable, newly-widowed middle-aged lady living in comfortable circumstances. Or at least, that's what she believes. She soon discovers that her husband has left her with no money and her prospects seem dismal.


She is well known in her tiny village for being a keen gardener and has extensive grounds to the house she is in danger of losing. Just when she has no idea where to turn to solve her financial problems, she discovers that the gardener she employs has his own secret crop growing in the grounds of the local vicarage. What is it? Can you guess?

Worth more than gold

Grace is told about the value of the crop but also that the plants aren't doing well. With her green thumb,she can't resist tending to the plants and thus a new career - albeit not a strictly legal one - is born. And it turns out too that many of her neighbours are not adverse to taking advantage of the dried product...

London dealers

So later in the film we see Grace in London, contacting underworld dealers to sell her crop. Will this succeed? Will she be arrested? How on earth can this story have a happy ending?

A very highly-recommended film.

See video clips

In the video below,you'll see Grace as her gardener, Matthew, takes her to the vicarage in the depths of the night to see his plants which aren't doing well at all.

Grace not only immediately identifies the problem - the soil isn't good quality and the plants aren't getting enough light - but she also immediately identifies the plants.

But, as a keen gardener, she can't resist.

She takes on of the plants home to care for it and it thrives.

Realising how much the plant is worth - just the one plant - she goes into partnership with Matthew. You'll see them in the video below transferring the plants to her own greenhouse when the vicar, the unwitting host of the crop, is busy giving his Sunday sermon.

At the same time, the bailiffs are removing her furniture from her home.

Then watch as Grace, for the first time, tries the product she is growing.

Then, just as they are harvesting the crop (with the help of the local doctor) the local police officer arrives...

See more films starring Brenda Blethyn

What a truly fabulous actress she is. In the films below, she shows her versatility as she plays completely different roles. I recommend all the films on this page. You won't be disappointed.

Little Voice
Little Voice

No marijuana deals in this movie but this is a completely different role for Brenda Blethyn.

Set in Yorkshire, she is again a middle-aged widow - but this time of a very different character.This is a hilarious film, poignant and such good fun.

Her co-stars here are the amazing Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine, in my opinion, playing one his best ever roles. Truly brilliant.

Secrets & Lies [VHS]
Secrets & Lies [VHS]

This is another film from my collection and once again, the role is very different. Here we have a single mother living a very ordinary life with her daughter.

Prior to her daughter's birth though, she had given birth to another illegitimate child and this baby, now in her mid-twenties, traces her mother.

There they are on the cover. You can see why there might be difficulties... She hadn't even seen the baby she had given away. She wasn't really sure who the father was.

Hmm. She had forgotten all about the American student she had slept with when on holiday in Benidorm...



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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: Hugely appreciated!

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      4 years ago

      Pinned to British comedy - will return to Squid Like (reached my maximum for today).

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Cari Kay 11: Thank you!

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      5 years ago

      Checking out this new format and figured I'd start with somebody who is enthusiastic about it! Nicely done!


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