Ladies in Lavender (2004) Review

Ursula and Janet are sisters who live peacefully in Cornwall, pre-World War II and everything was about to change when a mysterious foreign man Andrea washing up on the beach after a violent storm.

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Ladies in Lavender is a film that I have wanted to watch for many years now with it having two acting legend’s and Dame’s sharing the leading role, I thought it would therefore be extremely interesting and good acting to go along with it.

That was not really to be the case though as it felt more like a slog to get through it, as it was just utterly boring. Considering it has a short-ish running time of two hours and 44 minutes it certainly felt longer than that, mainly because not really much happened and the characters weren’t interesting either.

Andrea had been sailing to American from Krakow in Poland and was swept overboard, he was a gifted violinist. Janet and Ursula nurse him back to help, pretty much saving his life by finding him. Ursula ends up with feelings for the young man and this really does cloud any judgement going forward and actually sees the pair attempt to prevent his life from progressing. Especially when artist Olga Danilof wants to introduce him to her brother a famed violinist Boris.

I really did think that this would be a film I would enjoy but the story was just that little bit lacking even for me, although the aspect of unrequited love was pretty nice. Especially when it is then actually made out to not be as creepy as it first seems given his age but that does have a little bit of reason behind it.

It was lovely to see Judi Dench and Maggie Smith share the screen as sisters as well an added bonus! An early role for Daniel Bruhl and he was perfectly fine alongside the two Dames. I actually felt as though Miriam Margolyes actually offered the best support with her light relief which was much needed at times.

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