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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 1930s 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-World War II England, aging sisters Ursula (Dame Judi Dench) and Janet (Dame Maggie Smith) 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 (Daniel Brühl) 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 (Natascha McElhone). 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 USA:

$149,224, 1 May 2005

Gross USA:

$6,765,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,421,130
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dame Maggie Smith (Janet), Miriam Margolyes (Dorcus), and Toby Jones (Hedley) appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise as Professor Minerva McGonagall, Professor Sprout, and Dobby, respectively. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Andrea Marowski: [Andrea is about to leave, turns to Ursula] I walk.
Ursula Widdington: Oh, good. Um... we have chicken for supper.
[Andrea looks at her, not understanding]
Ursula Widdington: Um, um...
[she picks up Janet's German-English dictionary, but stops before opening it]
Ursula Widdington: Oh! Uh, Hundchen zum Abendessen.
[subtitles: Puppydog for supper]
Andrea Marowski: [he laughs] Hundchen?
Ursula Widdington: Hundchen, ja.
Andrea Marowski: Das ist gut. Wiedersehen.
[...]
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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: Website (2008) 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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Excellent
23 November 2004 | by christopher-brammerSee all my reviews

Beautifully acted. The delineation of sibling rivalry between the two sisters, Ursula and Joan (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, is a masterclass in itself. And what a treat to be entertained by Miriam Margoyes. Her Dorcas is the perfect foil for the two prim spinsters.

The script is finely wrought and the understated English humour a joy. There are moments when you just have to laugh out loud. At other times your empathy for the characters moves you to deep sadness and regret at lives that have had times of sorrow or been unfulfilled.

The visual imagery in this film is evokes the nostalgic feel of an English rural landscape of sixty years ago. The beautiful cinematography was complemented by the musical score.

This is the second English film in two weeks I have been really impressed by.


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