Ladies in Lavender

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Overview

Two sisters engage in a subtle war for the affections of a man half their age in this British comedy drama. It's 1936, and Janet Widdington Maggie Smith and her sister, Ursula Judi Dench, are a pair of elderly spinsters who share a home in Cornwall on the coast of England. After a storm, the sisters discover that someone has been washed up on the beach in front of their house. Bringing the body inside, they discover the victim is a handsome Polish man named Andrea Marowski Daniel Brühl who has suffered a broken ...
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Overview

Two sisters engage in a subtle war for the affections of a man half their age in this British comedy drama. It's 1936, and Janet Widdington Maggie Smith and her sister, Ursula Judi Dench, are a pair of elderly spinsters who share a home in Cornwall on the coast of England. After a storm, the sisters discover that someone has been washed up on the beach in front of their house. Bringing the body inside, they discover the victim is a handsome Polish man named Andrea Marowski Daniel Brühl who has suffered a broken ankle and speaks no English, only Polish and German. As the sisters patch up Andrea's ankle, Janet dusts off her old German textbook from school, and begins getting to know more about their guest. It isn't long before Janet develops an infatuation for the good-looking stranger, and attempts to teach him English, which is more than a bit maddening to Ursula, who has fallen head over heels for him -- especially after the sisters discover he's a gifted violinist and hear him display his craft on a borrowed instrument. As the sisters find themselves vying for Andrea's attention, they wonder if they should report his presence to the authorities, especially after Olga Natascha McElhone, an attractive woman in her early thirties who lives nearby, becomes aware of Andrea's presence in the home and wants to make contact with him. Based on a short story by William J. Locke, Ladies in Lavender marked the directorial debut of actor Charles Dance.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes "Ladies in Lavender: A Fairy Tale" featurette
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Ladies in Lavender offers nothing in the way of special effects, explosive action, gratuitous sex, ribald language, or crude comedy. But it does star Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and the pleasure of their company more than makes up for the lack of such transitory diversions. The venerable Academy Award winners star as Ursula and Janet, siblings who putter about their wind- and sea-swept Cornwall house. The year is 1936, and war’s storm clouds are on the horizon. The sisters' quiet days and nights of gardening, knitting, and listening to the wireless are upended by Andrea Marowski Daniel Bruhl, a handsome young foreigner who mysteriously washes up on shore in the wake of a storm. The ladies take him in and nurse him back to health. To their surprise, Andrea turns out to be a virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell supplies the solos. His talent captures the attention of a newcomer to the area, Olga Natascha McElhone, a beautiful young woman with artistic aspirations of her own -- to whom the never-married Ursula takes an instant jealous dislike. Ladies in Lavender is a stately village drama populated by some memorable characters, including Dorcas Miriam Margolyes, the sisters’ salty housekeeper, and Dr. Mead David Warner, who fancies Olga himself and might not be above planting the suspicion that the German-speaking stranger is a spy. Actor Charles Dance directs with sensitivity, providing Ladies in Lavender with lyrical grace notes through subtle, slow-motion shifts that preserve this film’s more heartwarming and bittersweet moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • UPC: 043396131064
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,246

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judi Dench Ursula
Maggie Smith Janet
Daniel Brühl Andrea Marowski
Miriam Margolyes Dorcas
Natascha McElhone Olga
David Warner Dr. Mead
Timothy Bateson Mr. Hallett
Geoffrey Bayldon Mr. Penhaligan
Gregor Henderson Begg Luke Pendered
Joshua Bell Violin
Roger Booth Arthur
Jack Callow
Peter Cellier BBC Announcer
Alan Cox Obsequious Man
Joanna Dickens Mrs. Pendered
Tom Hill
Scott Hinds
Rebecca Hulbert Fiance
John Boswell Very Old Man 2
Freddie Jones Jan Pendered
Toby Jones Hedley
Ian Marshall Fisherman
Richard Pears Barry
Trevor Ray Very Old Man 1
Clive Russell Adam Penruddocke
Finty Williams Pretty Local Girl
Jimmy Yuill Constable Timmins
Technical Credits
Charles Dance Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Bill Allan Executive Producer
Caroline Amies Production Designer
Sarah Bird Casting
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Nicolas Roether Brown Producer
Jim Greenhorn Sound/Sound Designer
Emma Hayter Executive Producer
Nigel Hess Score Composer
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Elizabeth Karlsen Producer
Barbara Kidd Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Parker Editor
Nik Powell Producer
Ian Prior Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ladies in Lavender
1. Start [7:06]
2. Andrea [9:38]
3. Learning English [7:00]
4. Music [7:06]
5. Virtuoso [9:34]
6. Harvest Party [6:47]
7. "I Was Dead" [8:53]
8. On the Wireless [10:11]
9. "Andrea Is a Boy" [8:03]
10. The Letter [7:14]
11. Quick Exit [8:25]
12. From London [14:01]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ladies in Lavender
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      Featurette - Ladies in Lavender: A Fairy Tale
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a beautiful movie; excellent acting and direction. Moved me and my husband to tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Touching

    I had no clue what this movie was about but was pleasantly surprised at the acting and the story line. Thrilled I was able to add this to my movie collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A BREATHTAKING OUTING

    This is a wonderful story with beautiful english seaside scenery and outstanding performances by dame dudi dench and dame maggie smith.....A must see, a must own..The cd soundtrack too with joshua bell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent movie

    Truly well done as only the British seem to be able to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Cometh Unexpectedly

    This is a great story about how love can come to anyone at any age when they least expect it. What brings tension to the story is how the characters cope with a strong emotion that causes unexpected actions and brings up so many memories. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are truly awesome.

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