Ladies in Lavender

Ladies in Lavender

DVD - 2005
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Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
Publisher: Montréal : Alliance Atlantis, [2005]
Copyright Date: ℗2005
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Ladie
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed and subtitled in French.


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Dec 21, 2017

It's a miss if: you don't give a fig about British history, literature, slower paced stories where you have to look deeper into the lives being portrayed, or world history (as in the world wars.)

Charles Dance wrote this & I have great admiration & respect for him. The first time I saw this it was for the scenery, the story & to watch the two most imminent actors. It did not fully dawn on me the subtle nuances of the lives of these sisters. Older sister (M.Smith) lost her very young husband in WWI, younger sister (the fantastic, Judi Dench) may have had a lost love, also lost to war. I surmise she was traumatised by events, stunted in emotional growth & dependent & protected by her older sister. How she must have longed for a fulfilled life, husband, children, which seems suggested in her curiosity & attachment to the young Polish man.

The young man was trying to escape Europe for America & the coming war. How he ends up in the care of these ladies is not fully explained. This is the age of slow recovery from WWI & the first signs of another approaching global war. Just my take on this film.

Aug 11, 2017

The story unfolds slowly. Opportunities come and pass. How to respond when the longing of a missed opportunity resurfaces or a passion can be realized?

Jul 18, 2017

I liked this DVD. It has a happy ending. The main characters are 2 aging elderly senior citizens. The script is strong. It is well acted. It is good for all ages. The story is slow moving. You may relate to the experience of the actors. I like Maggie Smith as an actress.

Jun 07, 2015

The fish pie made me gag. The movie is slow and boring.

Jul 12, 2014

This movie rubs up against many social mores within soft entertainment values. Elderly, secluded single women, two matrons and a servant, rescue a handsome, mysterious, needy lad. This scenario coupled with an older medical doctor pursuing a knock-out, wealthy lady artist while suspicious townspeople look on. Great views of an English seaside community.

Mar 15, 2014

The young love interest is cute as a button! I did not see anything to despise about the rich and beautiful woman who seemed to have a lot of idle time. This is a movie about fate but it is also a story about how Love and Pain are intertwined.

Mar 11, 2014

I happened upon this movie and chose it because of the two well-regarded actresses Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. It was a touching story about a young man saved by these two older women, sisters, and how they took him under their wing to nurture him back to health. They shared their home and their food during war time--obviously a generous action considering the war time in which they lived. The plot had some great twists with a little bit of romance and forlorn romanticism.The Judi Dench character kind of falls in love with him, the DVD jacket explains it as her feelings of "lost opportunities". Maybe Dame Judi Dench recaptures her lost opportunities in "Tea with Mussolini".

Feb 07, 2014

Good movie, I liked it. Of course love the wonderful main actresses.

madison382 Nov 11, 2013

Cute movie

harrybrowne Oct 28, 2013

A beautiful and haunting film set in pre-war England of regrets and memories. With two brilliant actresses - Judi Dench and Maggie Smith - (see them also in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), gorgeous scenery, and utterly divine music, this film will captivate you.

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Nov 07, 2008

Great to watch these two major stars working together in a pleasant if somewhat implausible story. The scenery the music and the good feeling make up for the holes in the storyline.

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