Ladies in Lavender

Ladies in Lavender

Ladies in Lavender
Returning to screens is this sea-side tale - well loved by NZ audiences upon first release - starring that master pair of old English dames; the great Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

The dull lives of two elderly sisters on the coast of Cornwall are interrupted by a shipwrecked Polish sailor (The Edukators’s Daniel Bruhl). The foreigner on their patch unleashes hidden emotions, rekindling old sibling rivalries, jealousies and unfulfilled dreams. Directed by actor Charles Dance, based on a short story by William J. Locke.
99 minsUK
DramaRomance

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Variety

Variety

press

British actor Charles Dance, making his directorial bow, shows an assured hand which foregoes stylistic flourishes for a thesp-centered portrayal of two spinster sisters.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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The cinematic equivalent of a visit from a cherished but increasingly dithery maiden aunt.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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This is a piece about sadness, rejection and endurance, with a beautiful setting, a succession of implausible incidents and characteristically excellent work from Maggie Smith.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Perfectly sweet and civilized.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A pleasure from start to finish.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It is to Dance's considerable credit that he never lets the filmmaking overtake the understated storytelling.

BBC

BBC

press

Given the cast and crew, this could have been the luvvie-fest to end them all; unbearably sentimental, hopelessly parochial and utterly self-indulgent. The fact that actor-turned-debut director Dance has produced a film of this calibre is nothing less than a minor modern miracle of British Cinema, not to mention a testament to the continued greatness of its leading Dames

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

British actor Charles Dance, making his directorial bow, shows an assured hand which foregoes stylistic flourishes for a thesp-centered portrayal of two spinster sisters.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The cinematic equivalent of a visit from a cherished but increasingly dithery maiden aunt.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a piece about sadness, rejection and endurance, with a beautiful setting, a succession of implausible incidents and characteristically excellent work from Maggie Smith.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Perfectly sweet and civilized.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A pleasure from start to finish.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It is to Dance's considerable credit that he never lets the filmmaking overtake the understated storytelling.

BBC

BBC

press

Given the cast and crew, this could have been the luvvie-fest to end them all; unbearably sentimental, hopelessly parochial and utterly self-indulgent. The fact that actor-turned-debut director Dance has produced a film of this calibre is nothing less than a minor modern miracle of British Cinema, not to mention a testament to the continued greatness of its leading Dames

4.0

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