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Ladies in Lavender Details

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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 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 29, 2005

Cast

Judi Dench
as Ursula
Maggie Smith
as Janet
Daniel Brühl
as Andrea Marowski
Miriam Margolyes
as Dorcas
Natascha McElhone
as Olga
David Warner
as Dr. Mead
Toby Jones
as Hedley
Freddie Jones
as Jan Pendered
Clive Russell
as Adam Penruddocke
Jack Callow
Gregor Henderson Begg
as Luke Pendered
Ian Marshall
as Fisherman
Scott Hinds
Richard Pears
as Barry
Trevor Ray
as Very Old Man 1
Joanna Dickens
as Mrs. Pendered
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Mr. Penhaligan
Timothy Bateson
as Mr. Hallett
Rebecca Hulbert
as Fiance
Finty Williams
as Pretty Local Girl
Roger Booth
as Arthur
Jimmy Yuill
as Constable Timmins
Peter Cellier
as BBC Announcer
Alan Cox
as Obsequious Man
Joshua Bell
as Violin
Peter Cellier
as BBC Announcer
Jimmy Yuill
as Constable Timmins
Joanna Dickens
as Mrs. Pendered
Roger Booth
as Arthur
Toby Jones
as Hedley
Rebecca Hulbert
as Fiance
Richard Pears
as Barry
Timothy Bateson
as Mr. Hallett
Freddie Jones
as Jan Pendered
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Mr. Penhaligan
Trevor Ray
as Very Old Man 1
Ian Marshall
as Fisherman
Gregor Henderson Begg
as Luke Pendered
Alan Cox
as Obsequious Man
Clive Russell
as Adam Penruddocke
Finty Williams
as Pretty Local Girl

Crew

Charles Dance
Director
Nik Powell
Producer
Nicolas Roether Brown
Producer
Elizabeth Karlsen
Producer
Charles Dance
Screenwriter
Peter Biziou
Cinematographer
Nigel Hess
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Parker
Editor
Caroline Amies
Production Designer
Ian Prior
Associate Producer
Bill Allan
Executive Producer
Charles Dance
Executive Producer
Robert Jones
Executive Producer
Emma Hayter
Executive Producer
Barbara Kidd
Costume Designer
Jim Greenhorn
Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Bird
Casting
Joshua Bell
Musical Performer
Michael Whyke
Co-Executive Producer
Bill Shepard
Line Producer
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