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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
Truro would not be the first choice of "major town" for shopping in 1936. Falmouth or Helston would be more appropriate. See more »
[Dorcas stuffs a chicken while Janet listens to the radio in the next room and Andrea practices upstairs. Janet turns off the radio and comes into the kitchen]
Doesn't sound good. I can't listen anymore.
Don't know how you can stand it. Sounds like a strangled cat.
I meant the news!
Do we have any parsnips?
Bit early for parsnips. Plenty of spuds, though.
Well, we shall have to have extra spuds. Potatoes.
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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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