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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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Cast

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Ursula
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Andrea
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Jan Pendered
Gregor Henderson-Begg ...
Luke Pendered
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Dorcas
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Dr. Francis Mead
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Adam Penruddocke
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Barry
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Olga Daniloff
Iain Marshall ...
Fisherman (as Ian Marshall)
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Hedley
Trevor Ray ...
Very Old Man 1
John Boswall ...
Very Old Man 2
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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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)  »

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A levendula illata  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£423,313 (UK) (14 November 2004)

Gross:

$6,759,422 (USA) (30 October 2005)
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Trivia

The idea to do Ladies in Lavender (2004) came to Charles Dance as he worked on the film Black and White (2002); he was reading a volume of short stories by William J. Locke entitled "Faraway Stories". See more »

Goofs

Mains electricity, gas lighting and indoor flush toilets were unlikely to be present in remote village houses in 1936 Cornwall. See more »

Quotes

[Mr. Penruddocke arrives to play his violin for Andrea]
Dorcas: Wipe your feet.
[he does]
Dorcas: All right.
[she motions him inside]
Dorcas: Just a minute, lift them up.
[he lifts one and shows her the bottom of his shoe]
Dorcas: And the other one.
[he lifts the other]
Dorcas: All right.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in The Best Man (2005) See more »

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Since Father Did a Broadcast on the BBC
Written by Robert Rutherford (as Rutherford) and Elliot
Performed by Arthur Askey with The BBC Dance Orchestra
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Excellent
23 November 2004 | by (UK) – See 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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