Ladies in Lavender

Ladies in Lavender

Parfum De Lavande

DVD - 2005
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The lives of two sisters living quietly in pre-war England change when an injured young man is washed ashore near their home.
Publisher: Montreal : Alliance Atlantis, 2005.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col.
Alternative Title: Parfum de lavande [DVD]

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

This film was disappointing to me, in that I found most of it very confusing. The mysterious man seemed to speak several languages, and it was hard to figure out just where he was from. I believe the description said he was American, but when he spoke, his dialect was so thick, and that it was hard to understand what he was saying. There were a few cute moments, but nothing worth really mentioning. It took me a few tries to watch this, because it dragged so much and barely held my interest. At one point, I was tempted to return it before finishing it, but I'm glad I was able to watch it all. Not a bad film by any means, but personally I was let down.

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rslade
May 08, 2019

Two great talents (and Miriam Margolyes isn't bad either) give great life to a slow, gentle, and poignant tale.

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matcat44
Oct 07, 2018

This is not a good movie and a waste of two great talents. I watched because i knew there would be some good music and there was. The storyline however is full of holes and Judy Dench character being in love with a young boy was very pathetic and somewhat tasteless.
The arrival of the boy on the shores of England was not explained, or followed up by authorities and could he has been so naive as to think he could get to America in a row boat?!

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gingertw
Sep 17, 2018

Very slow I never finished it.

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dsw3914
Jul 30, 2018

Decent enough time-killer. It's a straightforward story. Started at point A, went to point C via point B with no big mysteries along the way. Definitely for ladies I would think. What can go wrong with watching Judi Dench and Maggie Smith anyway?

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patch666
Jun 04, 2018

love this series !!!!!

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IV27HUjg
Dec 21, 2017

It's a miss if: you don't give a fig about British history, literature, slower paced stories where you have to look deeper into the lives being portrayed, or world history (as in the world wars.)

Charles Dance wrote this & I have great admiration & respect for him. The first time I saw this it was for the scenery, the story & to watch the two most imminent actors. It did not fully dawn on me the subtle nuances of the lives of these sisters. Older sister (M.Smith) lost her very young husband in WWI, younger sister (the fantastic, Judi Dench) may have had a lost love, also lost to war. I surmise she was traumatised by events, stunted in emotional growth & dependent & protected by her older sister. How she must have longed for a fulfilled life, husband, children, which seems suggested in her curiosity & attachment to the young Polish man.

The young man was trying to escape Europe for America & the coming war. How he ends up in the care of these ladies is not fully explained. This is the age of slow recovery from WWI & the first signs of another approaching global war. Just my take on this film.

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BeausPerson
Aug 11, 2017

The story unfolds slowly. Opportunities come and pass. How to respond when the longing of a missed opportunity resurfaces or a passion can be realized?

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swyckl
Jul 18, 2017

I liked this DVD. It has a happy ending. The main characters are 2 aging elderly senior citizens. The script is strong. It is well acted. It is good for all ages. The story is slow moving. You may relate to the experience of the actors. I like Maggie Smith as an actress.

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Preeceville56
Jun 07, 2015

The fish pie made me gag. The movie is slow and boring.

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ralwal
Nov 07, 2008

Great to watch these two major stars working together in a pleasant if somewhat implausible story. The scenery the music and the good feeling make up for the holes in the storyline.

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