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Ladies in Lavender (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 May 2005 (USA)
Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.

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Dr. Francis Mead
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Adam Penruddocke
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Barry
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Iain Marshall ...
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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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They saved a stranger from the sea and in return he stole their hearts. See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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

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27 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A levendula illata  »

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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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Trivia

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. 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

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: Ladies in Lavender (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Fuga from Sonata No.1 in G Minor BWV 1001
(1720) (as "Fuga from Sonata No.1")
by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Joshua Bell
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Ladies in Mothballs
30 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Yes, that's what the title really means. It's nothing to do with what they wear, in spite of the movie posters. It harks back to the days when people used to lay away linen or other fabrics in lavender to prevent moths and mildew. So what this film was saying was - these ladies have been in storage a while, forgotten - and only when the young Polish guy comes into their lives do they flicker back to life.

The usual superb performances from Judi and Maggie, what makes them so good, in Judi Dench's case particularly, is that you can *see* what they are thinking before they even speak.

Superb fingering on the violin from an actor who, prior to this movie, had never touched one - you'd swear he was really playing.

The movie was particularly poignant for me as I lived for many years in Cornwall and recognised a lot of the scenery. I can, incidentally, assure the critic who claimed a "mistake" by saying Starry-gazey pie is confined to Moushole, that this he/she totally wrong.

It may have been originally a Mousehole speciality, but like Yorkshire pudding, has long since spread to other areas.

Ladies in Lavender is one of those British films which will become a classic for its gentle theme, fantastic setting (inside and out) superb lighting and sound - and a good, strong story line.


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