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Ladies in Lavender (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 May 2005 (USA)
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.

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The story of two sisters who saved a stranger, and the stranger who 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  »

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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?


Krzysztof Siwczyk was considered for the role of Andrea when director Charles Dance saw him in a re-run of Wojaczek (1999). Sadly, he then attended a Q&A session and deemed him to have grown up too much since the film. See more »


Andrea is not a Polish name - the Polish would be Andrzej. See more »


[Dorcas comes into Andrea's room, carrying a sack of potatoes and two buckets]
Dorcas: I got a job for you...
[They sit, peeling the potatoes]
Dorcas: [indicating the two buckets] You put the peel in here, and the spuds in here. You have done this before, haven't you?
[Andrea looks bored. He purposely throws a peel into the spud bucket]
Dorcas: No!
[She fishes the peel out]
Dorcas: You put the peel in *here* and the *spuds* in here!
Andrea Marowski: "Spuds"?
Dorcas: Yes. Proper name's "potato," but we calls them "spuds".
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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: Easter (2009) See more »


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
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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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