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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Judi Dench
Natascha McElhone
Daniel Bruhl
Maggie Smith
Judi Dench
Maggie Smith.
Directors
Charles Dance.
Screenwriters
William J Locke
Charles Dance
Charles Dance.
Running Time
104 minutes

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Ladies In Lavender
A couple of Dames are in for a treat when a Pole washes up on the beach.


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Plot
Dames Smith and Dench get a bit of excitement in their lives when a young man washes up on the shore. One develops a crush on the man.


Review
Charles Dance directing Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith - it doesn't get much more English than this. Neither do the lives of 1930s spinster sisters Janet (Smith) and Ursula (Dench), until a mysterious Polish castaway, Andrea (Bruhl), drifts onto the shores of their isolated Cornish home.

The pair nurse him to health, Ursula's crush on the young man fuelling her fervour for the task and embarrassing her uptight sibling.

This hopeless devotion drives the film's plot and poignancy, especially when her jealousy of a holidaying artist (McElhone) looks set to interfere with Andrea's future happiness.


Verdict
While relying on the familiar trimmings of conservative British period dramas, this is a consistently amusing, touching story of two women and their responses to change.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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Better than most typically British dramas of late. A little forgettable and Miriam Margoyles is vastly under-used. But worst of all, the ending is shamefully rushed. But its all very nicely made, acted and directed with a whole heap of charm and wit that just makes up for these short-comings. ... More

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