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Ladies in Lavender

AMNESIA Film Series

Despite the powdery condescension of its title, this film is a delight, with astonishing performances by English grandes dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. It’s 1936, and the women play elderly sisters Ursula and Janet, who live together in their childhood home on the seaside cliffs of southwest England. After a violent storm, a young castaway washes ashore, barely alive and with no memory of who he is. The sisters take him in and nurse him back to health.The young man, named Andrea and played by Daniel Brühl (of Good Bye, Lenin!), is Polish, so language is an issue, but the threesome use gestures, and Ursula begins to administer English lessons. As Andrea heals, he ventures into the town; once somebody loans him a fiddle, he’s off and running, as he’s a talented violinist. Trouble arises when a visiting artist (Natascha McElhone) takes an interest in Andrea. The direction occasionally dips into the sentimental, but the film is rich with real feeling. And Dench’s performance is a heartbreaker.�– Melissa Levine, San Francisco Weekly

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Directed by: 
Charles Dance
Running Time: 
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, Miriam Margolyes, Natascha McElhone, David Warner
Screenplay by: 
Charles Dance

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