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Ladies in Lavender (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 May 2005 (USA)
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Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Pendered
Gregor Henderson-Begg ...
Luke Pendered
Dr. Francis Mead
Adam Penruddocke
Olga Daniloff
Iain Marshall ...
Fisherman (as Ian Marshall)
Trevor Ray ...
Very Old Man 1
John Boswall ...
Very Old Man 2
Joanna Dickens ...
Mrs. Pendered


Taking place in pre-war England, aging sisters Ursula and Janet live peacefully in their cottage on the shore of Cornwall. One morning following a violent storm, the sisters spot from their garden a nearly-drowned man lying on the beach. They nurse him back to health, and discover that he is Polish. Communicating in broken German while they teach him English, they learn his name is Andrea and that he is a particularly gifted violinist. His boat was on its way to America, where he is headed to look for a better life. It doesn't take long for them to become attached to Andrea, and they dote on him. Other townspeople, however, have their suspicions, especially when he befriends a Russian woman, Olga. Written by L. J.

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They saved a stranger from the sea and in return he stole their hearts. See more »


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A levendula illata  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£423,313 (UK) (12 November 2004)


$6,759,422 (USA) (28 October 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Premiered at the 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. See more »


Andrea's German alternates between the perfect pronunciation of a German native speaker and a heavily accented version more suitable for somebody whose native language is Polish. See more »


[Ursula sits by Andrea's bed, watching him sleep. Dorcas bursts in]
Dorcas: Tea.
Ursula Widdington: Shhh!
Dorcas: [she glances at Andrea, then says just as loudly,] Do you want tea?
Ursula Widdington: [whispering] Shh! You'll wake him up! I think I'll wait until Janet gets up from her nap.
Dorcas: Well, she's up.
Ursula Widdington: [still whispering] Is she? She hasn't been long. All right, I'll be down directly.
[she turns back to Andrea]
Dorcas: He isn't gonna run off.
[Ursula shoots her a look. Dorcas slams the door as she leaves, waking Andrea]
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the people of Helston, Cornwall and the people of Cadgwith, Cornwall. See more »


Referenced in Clatterford: Episode #2.1 (2008) See more »


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23 November 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Beautifully acted. The delineation of sibling rivalry between the two sisters, Ursula and Joan (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, is a masterclass in itself. And what a treat to be entertained by Miriam Margoyes. Her Dorcas is the perfect foil for the two prim spinsters.

The script is finely wrought and the understated English humour a joy. There are moments when you just have to laugh out loud. At other times your empathy for the characters moves you to deep sadness and regret at lives that have had times of sorrow or been unfulfilled.

The visual imagery in this film is evokes the nostalgic feel of an English rural landscape of sixty years ago. The beautiful cinematography was complemented by the musical score.

This is the second English film in two weeks I have been really impressed by.

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