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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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


Charles Dance's son, Oliver Dance, worked as a runner on the production. See more »


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 »


Ursula Widdington: Stupid, stupid.
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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: Ladies in Lavender (2009) See more »


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 film that enhances all thats good in British cinema
6 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The film, directed by Charles Dance, is the epitome of good, low budget, British cinema. Two major actresses, Judy dench and Maggie Smith underplay their parts very well. Maggie Smith has that special gift of "scene stealing". The locations were superb and true to life as I remember that era well. The casting director gathered a supporting cast who added to the enjoyment of the film. My only complaint was that the editing for the first 30mins of the film lacked sympathy with the plot and, at times, very abrupt. The question of how the boy got into the water is never explained but it didn't matter because the script was more of a story without a beginning and without end. A great film, I loved it!

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