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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The story of two sisters who saved a stranger, and the stranger who 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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Trivia

Dame Maggie Smith and Dame 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. See more »

Goofs

Cattle crossing the road have ear tags not used in 1936 England. See more »

Quotes

Ursula Widdington: We're learning English.
Janet Widdington: He may be, Ursula. You are making holes in the furniture.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Color Purple (1985) See more »

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Introduction and Tarantelle Op. 43
(as "Introduction and Tarantelle")
by Pablo de Sarasate
Performed by Joshua Bell
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Well-acted drama with a thought-provoking plot.
11 July 2006 | by shanfloydSee all my reviews

The story is rather simple. Two old ladies living in rural English countryside rescue a drowning foreign young violinist and one of them develops an infatuation over him. But he actually gets attracted to a local German painter. But the execution of the plot is so subtle and so melancholy it is bound to make you keep thinking about it.

Both Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are at their bests, Dench probably showing a broader range of emotions. Daniel Brüll is also quite worth mentioning as the young dreamy-eyed violinist. Natasha McElhone gives a solid supporting act. And it's a real treat to the ears by Joshua Bell, who masterfully played all the violin compositions.


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Official Sites:

Filmax [Spain]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Polish | French

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladies in Lavender 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

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| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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