3 August 2014

Ladies in Lavender

Ladies in Lavender
  • Director: Charles Dance (yes, the actor)
  • Based on the story by William J. Locke
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Daniel Brühl, Miriam Margoyles, David Warner, Clive Russell
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Maggie Smith  Hotel Marigold, Harry Potter, A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Keeping Mum, David Copperfield, Tea with Mussolini, Richard III, Sister Act, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    • Judi Dench – Cranford, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Harry Potter, The Shipping News, Chocolat, Tea with Mussolini, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs. Brown, 84 Charing Cross Road, A Room with a View, Macbeth
    • Daniel Brühl  Inglourious Basterds, 2 Days in Paris, Good-bye Lenin
    • Miriam Margoyles   Merlin, Modigliani, Being Julia, Harry Potter, Sunshine, Romeo and Juliet, Immortal Beloved, Dead Again, Black Adder
    • David Warner – Wallander, Titanic, Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country, Twin Peaks, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Holocaust
    • Natascha McElhone – The Other Boleyn Girl, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Mrs. Dalloway, Surviving Picasso, Cold Lazarus, Karaoke, Absolutely Fabulous
    • Clive Russell Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows, Sherlock Holmes, Merlin, My Life So Far, Great Expectations, Middlemarch, Spender
    • Toby Jones – Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter (Dobby’s voice), Frost & Nixon, Infamous
  • Why? Maggie Smith, Judi Dench
  • Seen:  Once before. Now July 27, 2014
Having recently been in Cornwall for a short visit we just want to relive this incredible landscape. So even though we’ve seen this film relatively recently (though before the blog started) we’re seeing it again.
And we see many of Cornwall’s splendours – the storming sea, the treacherous crags, the moor and the lanes and the fields in this lovely film.
Two aging sisters live in an old cottage overlooking a small bay where one sunny morning after a stormy night a young Polish man is mysteriously washed ashore.
One senses old rivalries as the sisters compete for his attention and affection while he recovers from his injuries, starts to learn English and begins to take part in pre-WWII village life.  Another mystery – the beautiful young artist in the next cottage. The two sisters are intensely suspicious of her and quite besotted by him.
But who is he? And where did he learn to play such beautiful violin music? And what are they to do with him?
Old losses and longings lead to new longings and losses.
It’s a very sensuous, bittersweet and sad film about jealousies, secrets, foolish impossible painful love, war threats, and betrayal.
We never learn how he happened to be washed up on the rugged Cornish shore.  And the whole thing is just a tad too unlikely.  But Dench and Smith are in it. It’s a gem.

4 * of 5

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