Ladies in Lavender (DVD, 2005)
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Ladies in Lavender (DVD, 2005)

Charles Dance, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith | Theatrical release: 2005 | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

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Based on a short story by William J. Locke, two spinster sisters, Ursula and Janet (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith), live in an old house by the sea in 1930s Cornwall, England. Their pleasant but uneventful routine of beach walks, reading, sewing, and tea time is interrupted when Andreas, a handsome young Polish violinist (Daniel Bruhl, from GOODBYE, LENIN!) washes ashore, barely alive. The girls nurse him back to health and for the never-married Ursula it's a case of first love far too late in life. She helps him overcome the language barrier, only to possibly lose him to a younger woman, the gorgeous visiting artist (Natasha McElhone) who recognizes his musical talent and is in a situation to help him. It's a simple story, though a perfect showcase for the mastery of Dench and Smith, two of the greatest thespians of all time (though Miriam Margolyes steals many scenes as the no-nonsense housekeeper). The director, Charles Dance, is a major British actor himself, thus his grasp of the myriad subtleties of the art is spot-on here in his directorial debut. Period detail is also of key importance, and cinematographer Peter Biziou captures the invitingly homey yet windswept otherness of the locale and time. Music is also a key component here, and the violin passages attributed to Andreas are stunningly emotional.

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Number of Discs:1
Rating:PG-13 (MPAA)
Film Country:USA

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Director:Charles Dance
Leading Role:Judi Dench, Maggie Smith
eBay Product ID: EPID48582456

Editorial reviews

"[T]hese two great actresses sink into their roles as comfortably as house cats burrowing into a down quilt on a windswept, rainy night."
New York Times - Stephen Holden (04/29/2005)

"[A]n endearing film of subtlety and charm.... It is a pleasure from start to finish."
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas (04/29/2005)

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Created: 10/18/06

A film like a Moving painting. Enchanting English Tale

Okay, so I'm a push over for British films. A typical slice of English life in the 1930s. Two elderly sisters living alone on an enchanted hillside cottage. Find a Polish boy washed to shore. They look after him, and the one sister, falls in love with him. After all no matter how old we get, our taste for the opposite sex never really changes. She, Ursula, dreams of him, unrequited love, she knows its wrong, but she adores him. When he is lured away by a beautiful woman, it breaks her heart. Another great film to cozy up to on those rainy nights. I love that every frame of the film is like a painting. All the senses are touched by this sweet film. Watch it. Max Rainet.

8-6-2008 I just re-watched this wonderful story. Maggie Smith and Judy Dench are absolutely marvelous. This time I watched the documentary in the bonus features on the dvd. It talks about the film and how it came to be. Don't forget to watch this too, a real bonus for movie fans. MR

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