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Maggie Smith and Judi Dench were performing together in a West End play when they received the scripts. They consulted each other, and decided to do the project.
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."
Charles Dance's first film as a director.
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Although they portray sisters who are not twins, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are almost exactly the same age, being born just 19 days apart, Dench on December 9, 1934 and Smith on December 28, 1934.
This film marked the first English-language role for continental actor Daniel Brühl.
Shot in the space of a month.
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The idea to do Ladies in Lavender (2004) came to Charles Dance as he worked on the film Black and White (2002); he was reading a volume of short stories by William J. Locke entitled "Faraway Stories".
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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.
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Charles Dance's son, Oliver Dance, worked as a runner on the production.
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The cast and crew comprised about 60 people.
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Visa d'exploitation en France # 114509.
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Premiered at the 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the film, which is set in pre-World War II 1936, the sisters go to London to see Andrea play in concert and meet him afterward. In the novel, which is set in pre-World War I mid 1910s, after Andrea departs Cornwall for London the sisters never hear from him again.

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