Ladies in Lavender
Old-Fashioned Story about Two Old
Blonde and The Maven
Ladies in Lavender was originally a short story
by William G. Locke. Charles Dance adapted it for the
screen and directed it as well. The story is set in the
years leading up to World War II on the Cornish coast of
England. Two sisters sharing a cottage above the beach
live comfortable, but dull, lives; that is, until one
morning after an evening of storms, when they find
Andrea, a ship-wrecked survivor washed up along the
shore. The very British sisters and their housekeeper
nurse this young gentleman back to
Janet Widdington, elegantly played
by Maggie Smith (Gosford Park and the Harry Potter
movies), is a logical and pragmatic widow who views
Andrea as the son she never had. She speaks some German
and is able to communicate with the young man. Ursula,
stunningly played by Judi Dench (Chronicles of Riddick
and the James Bond movies), is childlike and is a
spinster whose affection for Andrea is far from maternal
(to say the least). The housekeeper Dorcas, portrayed by
Miriam Margolyes (Cold Comfort Farm and Being Julia), is
cheerfully neutral through it all. Andrea, played by
newcomer Daniel Brühl, turns out to be a Polish
immigrant on his way to America to find a better life
and a world in which to let his talents soar. His
presence in the house opens old wounds, revives old
resentments and rekindles long forgotten rivalries.
Along the way, Andrea meets a young woman who not only
stirs up trouble and jealousy for the sisters, but
changes Andrea's life forever. The two sisters must face
their feelings and must learn how to let go for the good
of Andrea's future. Ladies in Lavender features music
from Nigel Hess and the Royal Philharmonic, with
breathtaking violin solos from Joshua Bell. Go find out
first-hand why everyone’s making such a fuss over
Blonde: Ladies in Lavender was like Enchanted April
meets Cold Comfort Farm meets The Red Violin… Maven,
watching this movie scared me. It was like us in 40
years (give or take a few years). Which one are you I
wonder? Ya know, I have to be honest. This film was
slow, a touch boring at times and kept things very
secretive. However, I still found myself enjoying it
because of the charming, sweet innocence it surrounded
its storyline with. I think I had a hard time focusing
completely because I had a hard day before going to meet
you at the theater. Spending a day clothes shopping for
my pre-teen daughter gave me a migraine and heartburn!
You can take her for me the next time!
Maven: No problem… as long as you give me your credit
card and don't complain about what WE pick
Blonde: NEVER MIND!
Maven: I felt truly privileged to view this movie. I saw
a Charlie Rose show a few weeks ago with the two dames
on and they were so entertaining. I couldn't wait to see
their film. I've had a crush on Charles Dance for years
and was quite anxious to see his first directorial
endeavor. It was, to say the least, magnificent. He
captures Dame Judi's and Dame Maggie's passion in their
glances, their posture, their gentile speech, and, most
of all, he shows us that beauty is ageless.
Blonde: Well, at YOUR age, that must be very reassuring!
In addition, I am so proud of all those describing
adjectives you just used. YOU GO GIRL! Ya know Mav, I
loved the location they filmed this movie at. It was so
beautiful, peaceful and serene. I think it would be nice
for us to retire there one day.
Maven: OH PLEASE, YOU WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR HAIR
Blonde: NO, I wouldn't. It's not humid there!
Maven: Yeah right, it's England. And, what about the
rocks, the smell of fish, and, above all, THERE ARE NO
STARBUCKS ANYWHERE FOR THREE THOUSAND MILES?!
Blonde: NEVER MIND!
Story continued on bottom
Maven: Moving along, Peter Biziou provided an amazing
cinematic experience by showing the honesty of Cornish
Village life in the mid ‘30s. The gathering of hay and
the fishing boats full of their catch was captured so
well that I actually smelled fish.
Blonde: Oh you did, but that was actually my breath…I
ate tuna fish for dinner!
Maven: Oh well, the views were beautiful anyway. Have
you ever heard of Dentyne?
Blonde: Ya know, maybe I could live without Starbucks to
live there. I bet if I raised my daughter there, she
wouldn't be asking for designer label clothing, Tiffany
necklaces, Coach Purse's, iPods and make-up from
Maven: Honey, you couldn't live without your Starbucks
Blonde: Yeah, you’re right! Can't fool THE MAVEN!
Let me ask you this, oh wise one. Other than a
nun, have you ever heard of a 80ish year old virgin?
That part of this film was hard to believe! Speaking of
Ursula, she needs some serious hair color and her ends
Maven: Stupid, she's 80 years old and living in the
‘30s! This is not her major concern in life.
Blonde: I don't care if I was 90 or living on the moon
in the ‘20s, I would not let myself go like
Maven: And you complain about your daughter wanting
Blonde: NEVER MIND! I have to say one more comment. The
violin playing throughout this film was breathtaking! It
actually gave me goosebumps. It also proves that even
though Andrea didn't speak English, his music gave him
the advantage of a universal language unto itself. If
truth be told, the violin playing was done by Joshua
Bell. I will be running out to buy his album and this
Maven: Ladies in Lavender is a character-driven piece.
It's phenomenally acted, beautifully scored…
Blonde: Wait, wait, nobody at all scored in this
Maven: As I was trying to say, and sensitively moving.
How were THOSE adjectives?
Blonde: Who scored in this movie??? Hello, Hello
Maven: The music scored!
Blonde: OH, OK!
Maven: CAN I FINISH?! For those of you who have been
yearning for an old-fashioned story about genuine
people, not ax murderers, aliens, or Wall Street greed,
then this is your movie! I rate it a B+ for breathtaking
story telling and I highly recommend you go see this
Blonde: There's nothing wrong with those types of films,
but I get the point! This is a touching, poignant, sweet
tale, seldom seen in modern cinema today. I still don't
comprehend the 80-year-old virgin part, though! I
think ladies over 35 will love this film. Men will TRULY
HATE IT, unless they're a musician orVERY sensitive!
I rate Ladies in Violet a…
Maven: For the hundredth time, it's LADIES IN
Blonde: STOP SCREAMING AT ME! MY DAUGHTER ALREADY GAVE
ME A MIGRAINE! Violet, purple LAVENDER, ITS ALL THE SAME
DARN COLOR! Now, I rate this film a B-. For your
snacking pleasure, I recommend some hot tea, scones,
crumpets and jam!
Maven: EXCUSE ME, BLONDE, movie theaters don't sell
Blonde: I am sure they do in England. Well, stop at the
bakery on the way and sneak them in. Okay, fine—get some
butterscotch and English toffee candy!
Maven: THEY DON'T SELL THAT EITHER!
Blonde: I AM GIVING YOU MY CREDIT CARD! YOU DEFINITELY
DESERVE AN AFTERNOON OF SHOPPING WITH MY PRE-TEEN
Maven: OH, CHLOE, I GOT THE CARD… WE'RE GOING TO
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