MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 786 this week

Ladies in Lavender (2004)

 -  Drama | Music | Mystery  -  12 November 2004 (UK)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 7,521 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 106 user | 52 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.

Director:

Writers:

(short story),
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 12 Mar 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 01 Nov 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 18 Jan 2014
 
a list of 25 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ladies in Lavender (2004)

Ladies in Lavender (2004) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ladies in Lavender.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

My House in Umbria (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unlikely group of people find solace and friendship after being thrown together in the wake of a terrorist attack.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Maggie Smith, Ronnie Barker, Chris Cooper
Drama | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

1935. A group of elderly British women, who the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British sensibilities ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Warner
Stars: Michael Gambon, Tom Hickey, Keeley Hawes
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.

Director: Julian Fellowes
Stars: Alex Etel, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith
Quartet (2012)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Director: Dustin Hoffman
Stars: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Daniel Brühl stars as a talented boxer, accepting an offer of a dubious businessman to become a professional. Marko Stemper, 19 years old, comes from a disadvantaged background and works as... See full summary »

Director: Züli Aladag
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Manfred Zapatka, Jochen Nickel
Capturing Mary (TV Movie 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man ushers an older woman into a dark exploration of her past - back to the time when, as a young girl, she met a stranger who affected her life forever.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff
Stars: Maggie Smith, Ruth Wilson, David Walliams
Keeping Mum (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.

Director: Niall Johnson
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

She falls in love with a broken down former NYC hotel doorman, who tells Judith vaguely that he was in the hotel business.

Director: Jack Clayton
Stars: Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Wendy Hiller
Farland (2004)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Axel and Karla are an ill-matched couple in a borderline situation. The two meet in the hospital. Axel is keeping watch at his son's bedside and Karla is waiting for some sign of life from ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Klier
Stars: Laura Tonke, Richy Müller, Daniel Brühl
A Tram in SP (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In a small town in the Basque country, Lucas and Maria are an elderly brother and sister. They share a house with their memories and the ghosts of the people they have loved throughout ... See full synopsis »

Director: Aitzol Aramaio
Stars: Héctor Alterio, Daniel Brühl, Julieta Serrano
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of two sisters who saved a stranger, and the stranger who stole their hearts. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

12 November 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A levendula illata  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$149,224 (USA) (29 April 2005)

Gross:

$6,759,422 (USA) (28 October 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film marked the first English-language role for continental actor Daniel Brühl. See more »

Goofs

Mains electricity, gas lighting and indoor flush toilets were unlikely to be present in remote village houses in 1936 Cornwall. See more »

Quotes

[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]
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Best Man (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Since Father Did a Broadcast on the BBC
Written by Robert Rutherford (as Rutherford) and Elliot
Performed by Arthur Askey with The BBC Dance Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent
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.


43 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Judi Dench was too old to play the role Trimac20
BORING vegangyrlgreen
Was Ursula a virgin? rupertbreheny
doesn't he look like?? lemonkhaing
'polonisch' andrea QbeCK_PL
thoughts on film d-rowe-1
Discuss Ladies in Lavender (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?