Reading Peter Rabbit and company to children is one of life’s simple pleasures, as was watching Chris Noonan’s treatment of the middle years of author Beatrix Potter’s life. Not content to become the wife of a “suitable” man to fulfill the expectations of Edwardian society, Miss Potter remained single until well into her forties. Truly a woman ahead of her time, she filled her rather solitary life with meaningful literary, artistic, and scientific pursuits, leaving a legacy that will endure long into the future. Beatrix Potter’s remarkable spirit and character are well represented in this film, portrayed with admirable restraint by Rene Zellweger. The supporting cast was equally well chosen and talented. Part love story and part biography, this film captures time and place via stunning cinematography. Intelligent and quietly eloquent, it is a portrait of a life well and genuinely lived.