Ladies in Lavender (2005)



Critic Consensus: A charming, if slight, period drama that quietly showcases fine performances by its two stars.

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Two aging spinster sisters have their peaceable Cornwall existence disrupted in 1936 when they take a young Polish violinist into their care. After a particularly violent storm, Ursula and Janet Widington awake to find young man Andrea half-drowned and badly injured on the beach. They slowly discover that he is a Polish Jew with a gift for music as an accomplished violinist, hoping to find his way to America. But the village isn't used to visitors and everyone, with the exception of the sisters, is full of suspicions, especially when Andrea develops a friendship with a beautiful Russian woman vacationing nearby. Eventually, the two must make a choice between trying to keep their new charge for themselves or setting him free in the world.
PG-13 (for brief strong language.)
Comedy , Drama
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Judi Dench
as Ursula
Daniel Brühl
as Andrea
Freddie Jones
as Jan Pandered
Toby Jones
as Hedley
David Warner
as Dr. Mead
Clive Russell
as Adam Penruddocke
Gregor Henderson-Begg
as Luke Pendered
Trevor Ray
as Very Old Man 1
John Boswell
as Very Old Man 2
Joanna Dickens
as Mrs. Pendered
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Mr. Penhaligan
Timothy Bateson
as Mr. Hallett
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
Finty Williams
as Pretty Local Girl
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Critic Reviews for Ladies in Lavender

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (30)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

It's a British period piece, full of the sylvan Cornish coast and countryside, vintage motorcars, steam threshers and sensibilities. Pity they left out a compelling plot.

July 8, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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Full Review… | July 5, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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Full Review… | July 5, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A fascinating and involving chamber piece for two superb actresses.

June 3, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ladies in Lavender

It doesn't take us any effort to understand the genuine fascination created by the mysterious and handsome young man played by Daniel Brühl, but this unremarkable British drama is only worth it for the superb performances by Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Lavender Ladies Lose Their Way. Aesthetically pleasing without much content. Although the story is good and told beautifully it lacks drama.

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer


Two grand old English ladies find a Polish kid washed up on their beach. They nurse Andrea back to life, and find out he is an accomplished violinist. I enjoy this sort of movie where the characters have to make difficult decisions.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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