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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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Ursula
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Andrea
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Jan Pendered
Gregor Henderson-Begg ...
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
Iain Marshall ...
Fisherman (as Ian Marshall)
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Hedley
Trevor Ray ...
Very Old Man 1
John Boswall ...
Very Old Man 2
Joanna Dickens ...
Mrs. Pendered
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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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Drama | Music | Romance

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

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A levendula illata  »

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£423,313 (UK) (12 November 2004)

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$6,759,422 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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This film marked the first English-language role for continental actor Daniel Brühl. See more »

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When Andrea is peeling potatoes he carves a face in one. When the shot goes back, the face is completely different. See more »

Quotes

[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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Special thanks to the people of Helston, Cornwall and the people of Cadgwith, Cornwall. See more »

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Referenced in Clatterford: Episode #2.1 (2008) See more »

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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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Ladies in Mothballs
30 March 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Yes, that's what the title really means. It's nothing to do with what they wear, in spite of the movie posters. It harks back to the days when people used to lay away linen or other fabrics in lavender to prevent moths and mildew. So what this film was saying was - these ladies have been in storage a while, forgotten - and only when the young Polish guy comes into their lives do they flicker back to life.

The usual superb performances from Judi and Maggie, what makes them so good, in Judi Dench's case particularly, is that you can *see* what they are thinking before they even speak.

Superb fingering on the violin from an actor who, prior to this movie, had never touched one - you'd swear he was really playing.

The movie was particularly poignant for me as I lived for many years in Cornwall and recognised a lot of the scenery. I can, incidentally, assure the critic who claimed a "mistake" by saying Starry-gazey pie is confined to Moushole, that this he/she totally wrong.

It may have been originally a Mousehole speciality, but like Yorkshire pudding, has long since spread to other areas.

Ladies in Lavender is one of those British films which will become a classic for its gentle theme, fantastic setting (inside and out) superb lighting and sound - and a good, strong story line.


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