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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.

Director:

Charles Dance

Writers:

William J. Locke (short story), Charles Dance
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Ursula
Maggie Smith ... Janet
Daniel Brühl ... Andrea
Freddie Jones ... Jan Pendered
Gregor Henderson-Begg Gregor Henderson-Begg ... Luke Pendered
Miriam Margolyes ... Dorcas
David Warner ... Dr. Francis Mead
Clive Russell ... Adam Penruddocke
Richard Pears ... Barry
Natascha McElhone ... Olga Daniloff
Iain Marshall Iain Marshall ... Fisherman (as Ian Marshall)
Toby Jones ... Hedley
Trevor Ray Trevor Ray ... Very Old Man 1
John Boswall ... Very Old Man 2
Joanna Dickens Joanna Dickens ... Mrs. Pendered
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

They saved a stranger from the sea and in return he stole their hearts. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Filmax [Spain]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Polish | French

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A levendula illata See more »

Filming Locations:

Cadgwith, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£423,313 (United Kingdom), 14 November 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$149,224, 1 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,759,422, 30 October 2005
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Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in the space of a month. See more »

Goofs

After having his portrait Portrait drawn by Olga. Andrea walks out with his violin under his arm upon, arriving back to the sister's house he opens the door with both hands the violin is unseen. Andrea goes upstairs and his heard playing the violin. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Clatterford: Ladies in Lavender (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I love this movie
19 September 2007 | by caryra2003See all my reviews

For some reason, I dvr'd this movie the other day, because I love the Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. I didn't watch it until last night. I started at 1am and watched the whole thing, even though I was exhausted. I am an old romantic.

At the beginning, my friend and I just couldn't figure out what was wrong with Ursula and we figured out she was falling in love with the boy. Wow! It was so obvious after a while, and I reminisced about the time I fell in love with someone so much younger than me. It was a treat to see Maggie Smith, trying to protect and comfort her sister in her obvious agony of the just impossible love she was feeling for the boy. How sad.

The end was a poignant and subtle end to a fabulous SHORT story. I actually thought they were in the islands off the southern coast.. I believe they are Jersey.. (like "The Others", and didn't realize it was pre-WWII, hence the hint at all of the Britons suspicions of Germans at the time.

What a fabulous story. I absolutely loved it!.


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