A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden.It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Juan José Campanella
Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.
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 German woman, Olga. Written by
Maggie Smith and Judi Dench were performing together in a West End play when they received the scripts. They consulted each other, and decided to do the project. See more »
When Andrea is peeling potatoes he carves a face in one. When the shot goes back, the face is completely different. See more »
[they have finished dinner, still waiting for Andrea to return]
I'm going to phone Pendered.
[Janet goes to the phone]
Trevannic 412, please, Mrs. Pengelley... Hello? Mr. Pendered?... Yeah, it's - it's Janet Widdington... Yeah, well - hello... Yes, we're rather worried about Andrea. We were expecting him for supper. And we...
[her face falls as she listens]
Oh, I - oh, I see... No, no - we didn't know... Yes... Well, thank you.
[she hangs up]
Janet, what's happened?
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Special thanks to the people of Helston, Cornwall and the people of Cadgwith, Cornwall. See more »
Having a jaded palate, I was expecting to endure rather than enjoy Ladies in Lavender, but I was very quickly won over by the superb acting and the surprisingly high standard of direction. I also thought the re-creation of the atmosphere of the late 1930s was very sensitively done. Two exceptions: Olga was dressed in 1990s or even current-day style (yes, I know she is an 'artist' but even so...); the combination of flowers blooming in the garden was botanically highly unlikely even in Cornwall! Part, but only part,of the answer to the question of age posed by jackie-107 lies in the fact that the film is precisely set in 1939, as the Second World War breaks out with the German invasion of Poland, as reported on the radio, and not in 1936. But this only gives the sisters three extra years. The date also helps to explain Andrea's unorthodox arrival. Presumably he was the 1939 equivalent of an asylum-seeker! If so, this gives this 'escapist' film a rather interesting contemporary political relevance. Well worth seeing, even for cynics like me!
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