Ladies In Lavender 2004 CC

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Two aging spinster sisters have their peaceable Cornwall existence disrupted in 1936 when they take a young Polish violinist into their care. After a particularly violent storm, Ursula and Janet Widington awake to find young man Andrea half-drowned and badly injured on the beach. They slowly discover that he is a Polish Jew with a gift for music as an accomplished violinist, hoping to find his way to America. But the village isn't used to visitors and everyone, with the exception of the sisters, is full of suspicions, especially when Andrea develops a friendship with a beautiful Russian woman vacationing nearby. Eventually, the two must make a choice between trying to keep their new charge for themselves or setting him free in the world.

Starring:
Toby Jones, Judi Dench
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Toby Jones, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, David Warner, Natasha McElhone
Director Charles Dance
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Subtitles English

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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 22 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
Ladies In Lavender looked excellent from the offset - directed by Charles Dance and starring two of the world's best actresses - I always knew it would be of high calibre, but was astounded as to how deeply compelling and touching it really was.
Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are utterly fantastic in their respective roles as Ursula and Janet (two close, yet different, sisters living on the Cornish coast at the threshold of world war 2).
I have NEVER cared for characters in a film more than I have these two women, and the tale they become involved in is overwhelming.
This is a film of gentle beauty with deeply emotional undercurrents. I am a 24 year old man, and by the time the credits were rolling I was - literally - sobbing.
This film is a (beautiful) masterpiece. It is a cultural crime to miss it!
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Hipkin on 29 April 2005
Format: DVD
A little gem of a movie, beautifully set and sensitively filmed and edited, with the tremendous combination of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith working at the 100% level. The evocation of a rural Cornwall in the immediate pre-war period is absolutely spot-on, and the sound-track music is excellent.
110 minutes of sheer enjoyment.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb 2005
Format: DVD
I couldn't disagree more with the reviewer who considered this worth only one star (and yes, I did see Breath of Life). This film is a gentle, undemanding but nevertheless very moving 'fairy story'. The basic premise, that of the rescue of a Polish violinist by two lonely elderly sisters, is beautifully played out by the two marvellous leads. Add to that Miriam Margolyes being unwittingly compared to a potato, and you have a real winner. This is lovely, arty farty drama, and I highly recommend it!
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By E E Pitt on 25 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
According to a well-known song, "..there is nothing like a dame.." and Ladies In Lavender proves this twice over. Maggie Smith and Judi Dench as two elderly sisters Janet and Ursula, give the outstanding performances we have come to expect from them The directing debut of Charles Dance has been a resounding success - one would think he'd been doing it all his life. Daniel Bruhl, who has the role of Andrea -the young Polish violinist washed up on a Cornish beach and into the lives of the two sisters, is a formidable talent. Miriam Margoyles as Dorcas is, as always, a joy to watch. There's an excellent performance from Natasha McElhone as Olga who is instrumental in helping Andrea become a professional violinist. Add to this the talents of Freddie Jones and David Warner, to name but two of the supporting actors, and you know you are in for a real treat. Indeed, one could be forgiven for suggesting that Charles Dance was Divinely Inspired when he cast this film - everyone and everything works together beautifully. The soul-tingling playing of violinist Joshua Bell is an experience that transcends ecstasy. Ladies In Lavender is set to become a classic film - BUY IT.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Wilson on 27 July 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a very good film, which I found absorbing.It may not suit everybody,as the subject matter does not really fit into any of the genres popular in modern movies.
It is the story of two elderly single ladies, living alone in a large house on the edge of the beautiful coastline of Cornwall. One morning an event occurs which turns their very ordinary lives upside down. A young man is washed up onto the shore next to their home, more dead than alive.The ladies bring him into their home, and nurse him back to health.
The young man,s background is a mystery, as he can speak no English, and tells them he is Polish. As the ladies try to teach him some English, gradually more is revealed.
This is a seemingly gentle film, as he is gradually adopted into the local community, and the two ladies become increasingly attached to him.
The film deals sensitively with the shifting relationships between the main characters, and the emotions aroused within the two ladies. The character played by Judy Dench is drawn romantically to the young man, and she struggles inwardly with the dawning sel-realisation of what is happening to her. The other old lady played by Maggie Smith, is horrified when she becomes aware of what is taking place within her sister, and her disapproval is in constant conflict with her love for her sister, and her own affection for the young man.
Any body who thinks that when people become old, they no longer have the intense feelings usually attributed to youth, should see this film.There is joy, but also pain, love, but also jealousy.
As the threads gradually weave together and the plot evolves, all the main characters are seen to grow and the story ends as it began, with the two ladies once again alone, wandering along the beach.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By B. Haigh on 29 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
To start with, I'm a 15 year old boy that before this film, would have thought he would have rather watched I Robot or Hostage. I watched this film expecting absolute rubbish after reviews on this site. I bought it for my Mum and Grandma (2 Seperate copies!) Because they both love Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judie Dench. I sat down and the story moved fast, so entertaining and the on screen relationship between the two lead dames was amazing! So funny and entertaining. The story consists of:
~Find a young man on a beach washed up
~Take him home, look after him and his broken ankle
~He speaks no english
~He lives with them and gradually learns english
To find out the rest you will have to watch but I found the film charming and entertaining, made me laugh lots "Ursula Do stop it, you look like a cannibal!" and also left a warm part in my cold heart. I never thought I would enjoy a film like this, merely because I have never tried one. It is superb and ever so entertaining. Maybe not one you can watch lots of times, but a few times and its still a gem. The shout out has to go to Smith and Dench for outstanding performances (no suprise there) and to the newcoming actor who plays the man washed up on the beach. Great chemistry and kept me thoroughly entertained.
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