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
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." See more »
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 »
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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