Ladies in Lavender ()

directed by Charles Dance
featuring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, Miriam Margolyes, Natascha McElhone

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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 ...

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AuntieBella

Jul 4, 2013

Bodies age, hearts stay forever young.

This is a gentle story about two sisters of a certain age whose hearts are still young--as their infatuation with a much younger man shows. A story best understood by others of "a certain age" (my teenage granddaughter thought it was a dumb movie). I thoroughly enjoyed watching it (but then, I'm of a certain age myself). Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are two of my favorite actresses and seeing them in the same movie was great.

Donald S

Aug 12, 2010

Great Performances

Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are wonderful to watch!

Sivvie

Nov 12, 2009

A special 100 minutes at the movies.

This beautifully wrought film is a pure delight from the first frame to the last. The two Dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are two sisters whose lives are changed by the young man washed up on the shore below their neat little Cornish cottage.
Charles Dance's first foray into direction is a beauty. He deftly draws his characters through the story (which he scripted) and on to a climactic and emotive end from which it is hard to hold back the tears. All the actors, down to the small parts, seem to fit into their parts as though they had been written for them. But Judi Dench and Maggie Smith inhabit their Cornish cottage as though they had lived there all their lives, as though they had always been looked after by the hilarious Dorcas (played stunningly by Miriam Margoyles). Daniel Bruel as the young man is quietly up to the high standard of the two Dames, and the Cornish setting makes the film visually pleasurable and nostalgic for those who remember a time between the two great wars. This has to be one of the finest films of its genre for quite a long time. Very watchable indeed.

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