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  • Ladies in Lavender.
    • Ladies in Lavender.
    • Runtime:104 min
    • Release Date:2014-08-20 14:49:12
    • Director: Charles Dance
    • Genres: Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance
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MOVIE REVIEW:Ladies in Lavender.
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"If music be the language of love, play on"- Very true statement you
know.

I wasn't expecting to like Ladies in Lavender, but being a lover of
both Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, I knew I had to see it. And you know
what? I loved it, admittedly it is very slow and perhaps the ending a
little abrupt, but essentially it is beautifully-acted, directed and
rendered, that I actually found very moving.

First of all, I loved how it was filmed. The setting is old fashioned,
but it is exquisite to look at as well. Some parts are like looking at
a watercolour painting, seeing how picturesque it all was. The scenery
was sumptuous and the costumes gorgeous. And the music from Nigel Hess
was utterly amazing, some of the melodies played on the violin is close
to heart rending. Although the violin can play sinister and devilish
pieces like Danse Macabre, it also works bringing to life poignant
works like Meditation from Thais and Tchaikovsky's Melody. The music
composed I think was one of those elements that made the film so
touching, it was extremely beautiful.

The direction from Charles Dance, who acted so well in Bleak House, is
subtle, and this allows each actor to bring their character and the
sophisticated screenplay to life. The story is nimbly told, about the
upheaval and yearning when a handsome young man(with a catch-he can't
speak English) is found washed up on the beach, and goes into very
subtle emotional regions.

And the cast is exceptional. Maggie Smith doesn't get as much screen
time as Dench, but she gives a very strong performances as always as
the voice of reason. Judi Dench is also exceptional in a difficult role
as Ursula, and Daniel Bruhl is indeed handsome as the handsome stranger
Andrea. The supporting cast were outstanding as well, Natascha
McElhone, David Warner and Miriam Margoyles give suitably deft
performances and it works for this sort of film.

Overall, very beautiful and touching, particularly worth seeing for the
acting and the music. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I'm not sure exactly what I'm "spoiling", because there isn't really a
surprise ending, but I just want to cover my bases. I was attracted to
this movie first, because it has Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, playing
sisters. These two ladies are THE GRANDE DAMES of British Theater. The
setting is the Cornwall coast, the period is late 1930s. A young,
Polish man washes ashore (the reason/cause is never explained), he's
not quite drowned, has a broken ankle and they decide to nurse him back
to health, not knowing he doesn't speak English. Judi Dench's character
immediately connects to him, although there is a vast age difference.
He begins to pick up the language and exposes the talent of playing the
violin like a virtuoso. A visiting neighbor, Olga, played by Natascha
McElhorne hears him playing and is drawn to him like a moth to flame.
But her interest is in his talent with the violin. She is an artist,
her brother is a famous Russian violinist. She wants the sisters to
convey her interest in his talent, but they hide that fact from him.
Eventually, Olga and the young man meet and she spirits him to London
to meet her brother. The young man then becomes famous and the two
sisters return to normal life at their Cornwall home. I really enjoyed
this movie and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys two SOLID
performances by two great actresses.

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This film is about two elderly sisters' lives being turned upside down
after they found an ailing young man on the beach.

"Ladies in Lavender" is a captivating film. It is very strong in both
story telling and in acting. Both Judi Dench and Maggie Smith did
excellent in portraying love and jealousy. It is amazing that by just
one look on the face, you can tell how the characters are thinking. The
story telling is subtle by the acting is so direct. "Ladies in
Lavender" draws me, captivates me and touches me. I think this film
deserves a wider audience. It is a pity, that many people may not give
this film a chance because they think the target demographic is towards
the older generation.

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