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Ladies in Lavender (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Mystery  |  12 November 2004 (UK)
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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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Jan Pendered
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Luke Pendered
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Dorcas
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Dr. Francis Mead
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Adam Penruddocke
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Barry
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Olga Daniloff
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Fisherman (as Ian Marshall)
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Hedley
Trevor Ray ...
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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.

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


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

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12 November 2004 (UK)  »

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A levendula illata  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$6,759,422 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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Although they portray sisters who are not twins, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are almost exactly the same age, being born just 19 days apart, Dench on December 9, 1934 and Smith on December 28, 1934. See more »

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While Andrea is playing at the local party, another violin appears in the lower right hand corner and is being played at the same time that Andrea seems to be playing, but there's only one violin heard at the time. Could it be that the "real" violinist was captured on film by accident? See more »

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[Ursula looks out the window, waiting for Andrea to return]
Janet Widdington: He won't be here any sooner.
Ursula Widdington: No, I know, I just... I told him we were having chicken.
Janet Widdington: I think we should eat.
Ursula Widdington: No, let's wait. He's sure to be here soon.
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Special thanks to the people of Helston, Cornwall and the people of Cadgwith, Cornwall. See more »

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Referenced in Clatterford: Easter (2009) See more »

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Carnival of Venice
(ca1829)
Written by Niccolò Paganini (as Niccolo Paganini)
Performed by Joshua Bell
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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.


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