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Ladies in Lavender (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Mystery  |  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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Ursula
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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 ...
Very Old Man 1
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Mrs. Pendered
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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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27 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A levendula illata  »

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Opening Weekend:

£423,313 (UK) (12 November 2004)

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$6,759,422 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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Charles Dance mentioned in his Production Diary that whilst they were casting, he got a phone call from Freddie Jones (who played Jan Pendered), who, having received the script, said "P**s-poor part, but I'll do it because I'm in love with Judi Dench." See more »

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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 »

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Ursula Widdington: [to Andrea] Are you feeling better? Are you hungry?
[she gestures to show eating]
Janet Widdington: Oh, stop it, Ursula, you look like a cannibal.
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Special thanks to the people of Helston, Cornwall and the people of Cadgwith, Cornwall. See more »

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Roses of Picardy
Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Frederick E. Weatherly)
Sung by John McCormack with Edwin Schneider (piano)
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights International
© Warner/Chappell Music Publishing LTD
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music LTD
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A brilliant movie debut from Charles Dance!
23 November 2004 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I saw Ladies In Lavender recently, and I was going in expecting a boring film, but when I came out, I was pleasantly surprised. The film was...how do I put it...beautiful. Amazing direction. Charles Dance directs with a passion keeping everything important in shot at all times, the mise-en-scene was so mesmerizing. And the script he adapted from a real short story was amazing, just so touching. Brilliant performances from Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith. I smell BAFTAs for this film for categories like Best British Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music, Best Cinematography and a Best actress award for either Dench or Smith. The film was fantastic! Come February, we'll see Awards for Ladies In Lavender from Worldwide Festivals! GOOD LUCK, LADIES IN LAVENDER!!


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