Ladies in Lavender. (2004) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.0/ 10 (5892 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language

Production Company
Baker Street [gb] - (present)
Future Films [gb] - (in association with)
Paradigm Hyde Films [gb] - (in association with)
Scala Productions [gb]
Take Film Partnerships [gb] - (as a Take Partnerships production)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Italy) - 14 June 2004
(Canada) - 17 September 2004
(UK) - 8 November 2004
(Ireland) - 12 November 2004
(UK) - 12 November 2004

Running Time

The story of two sisters who saved a stranger, and the stranger who stole their hearts. They saved a stranger from the sea and in return he stole their hearts.

1930s, apology, artist, band, based-on-short-story, beach, beating-a-rug, beer, bicycle, bicycle-bell, boat, bowling, brandy, breakfast, broken-ankle, broken-tea-cup, brother-sister-relationship, burning-a-letter, cattle, celebration, christian, cigarette-smoking, cliff, clothes, cocoa,

Technical Support
CAM:Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

Related Pictures

Pictures of Ladies in Lavender. (2004) Movie not found

Full Cast

  1. Bateson, Timothy as [Mr. Hallett] <17>
  2. Bayldon, Geoffrey as [Mr. Penhaligan] <16>
  3. Bell, Joshua (I) as (uncredited) [Violinist for Andrea]
  4. Booth, Roger (I) as [Arthur] <20>
  5. Boswall, John as [Very Old Man 2] <14>
  6. Brühl, Daniel as [Andrea] <3>
  7. Callow, Jack as (uncredited)
  8. Cellier, Peter as [BBC Announcer] <22>
  9. Cox, Alan (I) as [Obsequious Man] <23>
  10. Frankland, Tom as (uncredited) [Penhaligan's Assistant]
  11. Grisewood, F.H. as (archive footage) (uncredited) [BBC News Broadcaster]
  12. Henderson-Begg, Gregor as [Luke Pendered] <5>
  13. Hill, Tom (V) as (uncredited)
  14. Jones, Freddie (I) as [Jan Pendered] <4>
  15. Jones, Toby (I) as [Hedley] <12>
  16. Marshall, Iain (III) as (as Ian Marshall) [Fisherman] <11>
  17. Pears, Richard (I) as [Barry] <9>
  18. Ray, Trevor (I) as [Very Old Man 1] <13>
  19. Russell, Clive as [Adam Penruddocke] <8>
  20. Wakefield, Oliver as (archive sound) (uncredited) [(featured in "Henry Hall's Hour")]
  21. Warner, David (I) as [Dr. Francis Mead] <7>
  22. Yuill, Jimmy as [Constable Timmins] <21>
  23. Dench, Judi as [Ursula] <1>
  24. Dickens, Joanna as [Mrs. Pendered] <15>
  25. Hulbert, Rebecca as [Fiancée] <18>
  26. Margolyes, Miriam as [Dorcas] <6>
  27. McElhone, Natascha as [Olga Daniloff] <10>
  28. Smith, Maggie (I) as [Janet] <2>
  29. Williams, Finty as [Pretty Local Girl] <19>


  1. Drama
  2. Music
  3. Mystery
  4. Romance

Full Plot

Taking place in pre-war England, aging sisters Ursula and Janet live peacefully in their cottage on the shore of Cornwall. One morning following a violent storm, the sisters spot from their garden a nearly-drowned man lying on the beach. They nurse him back to health, and discover that he is Polish. Communicating in broken German while they teach him English, they learn his name is Andrea and that he is a particularly gifted violinist. His boat was on its way to America, where he is headed to look for a better life. It doesn't take long for them to become attached to Andrea, and they dote on him. Other townspeople, however, have their suspicions, especially when he befriends a German woman, Olga. L. J. Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 35,680 (France) (31 January 2006) CP: Copyright 2004 Take Partnerships and UK Film Council (on print) GR: USD 6,759,422 (USA) (30 October 2005) GR: USD 6,750,158 (USA) (23 October 2005) GR: USD 6,722,242 (USA) (16 October 2005) GR: USD 6,677,127 (USA) (2 October 2005) GR: USD 6,645,198 (USA) (25 September 2005) GR: USD 6,576,023 (USA) (18 September 2005) GR: USD 6,492,211 (USA) (11 September 2005) GR: USD 6,410,608 (USA) (4 September 2005) GR: USD 6,269,477 (USA) (28 August 2005) GR: USD 2,690,328 (USA) (21 August 2005) GR: USD 5,917,784 (USA) (14 August 2005) GR: USD 5,682,855 (USA) (7 August 2005) GR: USD 5,416,394 (USA) (31 July 2005) GR: USD 5,122,723 (USA) (24 July 2005) GR: USD 4,772,952 (USA) (17 July 2005) GR: USD 4,379,807 (USA) (10 July 2005) GR: USD 3,941,583 (USA) (4 July 2005) GR: USD 3,376,591 (USA) (26 June 2005) GR: USD 2,950,209 (USA) (19 June 2005) GR: USD 2,523,573 (USA) (12 June 2005) GR: USD 2,055,667 (USA) (5 June 2005) GR: USD 934,545 (USA) (22 May 2005) GR: USD 612,624 (USA) (15 May 2005) GR: USD 337,660 (USA) (8 May 2005) GR: USD 149,224 (USA) (1 May 2005) GR: GBP 2,604,852 (UK) (12 December 2004) GR: GBP 2,372,172 (UK) (5 December 2004) GR: GBP 1,999,582 (UK) (28 November 2004) GR: GBP 1,297,819 (UK) (21 November 2004) GR: GBP 423,313 (UK) (14 November 2004) GR: EUR 21,451 (Netherlands) (7 August 2005) OW: USD 149,224 (USA) (1 May 2005) (22 screens) OW: GBP 423,313 (UK) (14 November 2004) (307 screens) OW: EUR 13,877 (Netherlands) (7 August 2005) (8 screens) WG: USD 6,090 (USA) (30 October 2005) (11 screens) WG: USD 12,537 (USA) (23 October 2005) (17 screens) WG: USD 9,926 (USA) (16 October 2005) (10 screens) WG: USD 16,630 (USA) (2 October 2005) (36 screens) WG: USD 30,400 (USA) (25 September 2005) (48 screens) WG: USD 38,813 (USA) (18 September 2005) (65 screens) WG: USD 50,332 (USA) (11 September 2005) (78 screens) WG: USD 82,992 (USA) (4 September 2005) (92 screens) WG: USD 95,226 (USA) (28 August 2005) (96 screens) WG: USD 12,110 (USA) (21 August 2005) (14 screens) WG: USD 128,930 (USA) (14 August 2005) (93 screens) WG: USD 142,101 (USA) (7 August 2005) (102 screens) WG: USD 154,835 (USA) (31 July 2005) (105 screens) WG: USD 196,814 (USA) (24 July 2005) (116 screens) WG: USD 224,217 (USA) (17 July 2005) (119 screens) WG: USD 283,764 (USA) (10 July 2005) (116 screens) WG: USD 392,586 (USA) (4 July 2005) (115 screens) WG: USD 281,354 (USA) (26 June 2005) (110 screens) WG: USD 251,403 (USA) (19 June 2005) (96 screens) WG: USD 291,347 (USA) (12 June 2005) (96 screens) WG: USD 315,047 (USA) (5 June 2005) (96 screens) WG: USD 217,994 (USA) (22 May 2005) (58 screens) WG: USD 218,104 (USA) (15 May 2005) (54 screens) WG: USD 122,990 (USA) (8 May 2005) (26 screens) WG: USD 149,224 (USA) (1 May 2005) (22 screens) WG: GBP 49,806 (UK) (12 December 2004) (120 screens) WG: GBP 123,995 (UK) (5 December 2004) (191 screens) WG: GBP 167,886 (UK) (28 November 2004) (194 screens) WG: GBP 287,248 (UK) (21 November 2004) (300 screens) WG: GBP 423,313 (UK) (14 November 2004) (307 screens) WG: EUR 13,877 (Netherlands) (7 August 2005) (8 screens)

Movie Certificate

o.Al. (Germany)
B (Mexico)
U (France)
Livre (Brazil)
PG (Canada)(Ontario)
13 (Argentina)
Btl (Sweden)
K-7 (Finland)
All (South Korea)
PG (Singapore)
M (Australia)
PG (Ireland)
T (Spain)
12A (UK)
PG-13 (USA)
M (New Zealand)

Music Composers

  1. Hess, Nigel


  1. Biziou, Peter (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Kidd, Barbara


01 Distribuzione [it] - (2005) (Italy) (all media)
Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm [ca] - (2005) (Canada) (theatrical)
EuroVideo [de] - (2006) (Germany) (DVD)
FF Film & Music [hu] - (2005) (Hungary) (all media)
FS Film Oy [fi] - (2007) (Finland) (DVD)
Filmax S.A. [es] - (2005) (Spain) (theatrical)
Herald Film Company [jp] - (2005) (Japan) (theatrical)
Icon Film Distribution [au] - (2005) (Australia) (theatrical)
Lakeshore International [us] - (2004) (worldwide) (all media)
RCV Film Distribution [nl] - (2005) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Roadside Attractions [us] - (2005) (USA) (all media)
Samuel Goldwyn Films [us] - (2006) (USA) (TV)
TFM Distribution [fr] - (2006) (France) (theatrical)


  1. Antoniades, Reno (legal affairs: Lee and Thompson for Baker Street)
  2. Ash, Carola (executive: Future Films)
  3. Bamford, Johnny (location scout) (as John Bamford)
  4. Bedford-Stradling, Rosie (unit nurse)
  5. Chalk, John (II) (pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films)
  6. Conrad, Lizzie (stand-in)
  7. Cowan, Guy (head caterer: Reel Food)
  8. Curtis, Matt (II) (title designer)
  9. Dance, Oliver (floor runner)
  10. de Lord, Patsy (production coordinator)
  11. Denham, Paul (III) (legal services: SJ Berwin for Future Films)
  12. Dolan, Lindsay (choreographer)
  13. Doubleday, Cathy (script supervisor)
  14. Dyer, Penny (dialogue coach)
  15. Ensby, John (contact: Technicolor)
  16. Evans, Will (III) (head of business affairs: UK Film Council)
  17. Everard, Jacqui (executive: Paradigm Hyde Films)
  18. Finn, Julia (I) (unit publicist: Dennis Davidson Associates)
  19. Gladstone, Alex (location manager: London)
  20. Gladstone, Ben (location manager: Cornwall)
  21. Gould, Ronald (pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films)
  22. Grant, Kevin (III) (catering assistant: Reel Food)
  23. Greenacre, Jill (stand-in)
  24. Gregory, Nicole (I) (unit publicist: Dennis Davidson Associates)
  25. Gunkle, John David (location assistant) (as John Gunkle)
  26. Hodgson, Ruth (completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.)
  27. Holden, Vince (I) (head of production finance: UK Film Council)
  28. Holt, Ben (III) (assistant production coordinator)
  29. Hulbert, Rebecca (stand-in)
  30. Jackson, Angela (III) (production legal services: Scala Productions)
  31. Jones, Julia (IV) (unit publicist) (uncredited)
  32. Klein, Robb (legal services: SJ Berwin for Future Films)
  33. Knapp, Samantha (chef: Reel Food)
  34. Lawrence, Kate (I) (assistant: Elizabeth Karlsen)
  35. Lewis, Oliver (III) (double)
  36. Lewis, Oliver (III) (violin teacher)
  37. Lovell, Sean (double) (uncredited)
  38. Lovell, Sean (floor runner)
  39. Lumsden, Justin (chef: Reel Food)
  40. Magner, Del (legal services: Paradigm Hyde Films)
  41. Margolis, Stephen (executive: Future Films)
  42. McIntyre, Alisa (senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council) (as Ailsa McIntyre)
  43. McMillan, Susanne (catering assistant: Reel Food)
  44. Menzies, Sharon (business affairs: Baker Street)
  45. Mihara, Kazuchi (pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films)
  46. Milne, Sheila Fraser (completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.)
  47. Mogford, Arthur Colin (pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films)
  48. Morgan, John (X) (head of finance: Scala Productions)
  49. Morham, Fiona (head of physical production: UK Film Council)
  50. Mostyn, Mark (location manager)
  51. Norman Brock, Brock (production executive: UK Film Council)
  52. Oetker, Georgia (dialogue coach: German)
  53. Parfitt, Nicki (legal affairs: Lee and Thompson for Baker Street)
  54. Rainbird, Laura (executive: Bank Leumi)
  55. River, Mark (business affairs: Scala Productions) (as Mark Biver)
  56. Robertson, Fraser (II) (pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films)
  57. Ryder, Penny (stand-in)
  58. Scott, Catriona (assistant: Nik Powell, Scala Productions)
  59. Shemmings, Brian (health and safety advisor)
  60. Stephenson, Justin (II) (executive: Bank Leumi)
  61. Stevenson, Paul (VI) (office runner)
  62. Taylor, George (XI) (floor runner)
  63. Thomas, Lee (VII) (assistant: Nik Powell, Scala Productions)
  64. Topham, Craig (floor runner)
  65. Turner, Dan (V) (contact: London)
  66. Vindahl, Laerke (production executive: Scala Productions)
  67. Wall, Sue (production accountant)
  68. Wetherill, Jackie (assistant production accountant) (as Jackie Weatherill)
  69. Wheal, David (I) (assistant: Charles Dance and Nicolas Brown)


Ursula Widdington: [Referring to the whole fish that Janet has cooked] Don't you think they look a bit sad? Janet Widdington: Not at all Ursula Widdington: We're learning English. Janet Widdington: He may be, Ursula. You are making holes in the furniture. Ursula Widdington: Stupid, stupid. Olga Daniloff: I think you should go now. Ursula Widdington: [to Andrea] Are you feeling better? Are you hungry? [she gestures to show eating] Janet Widdington: Oh, stop it, Ursula, you look like a cannibal. Andrea Marowski: [Andrea is about to leave, turns to Ursula] I walk. Ursula Widdington: Oh, good. Um... we have chicken for supper. [Andrea looks at her, not understanding] Ursula Widdington: Um, um... [she picks up Janet's German-English dictionary, but stops before opening it] Ursula Widdington: Oh! Uh, Hundchen zum Abendessen. [subtitles: Puppydog for supper] Andrea Marowski: [he laughs] Hundchen? Ursula Widdington: Hundchen, ja. Andrea Marowski: Das ist gut. Wiedersehen. [subtitles: That's good. Goodbye] Ursula Widdington: I'll see you later. [Ursula looks out the window, waiting for Andrea to return] Janet Widdington: He won't be here any sooner. Ursula Widdington: No, I know, I just... I told him we were having chicken. Janet Widdington: I think we should eat. Ursula Widdington: No, let's wait. He's sure to be here soon. [they have finished dinner, still waiting for Andrea to return] Janet Widdington: I'm going to phone Pendered. Ursula Widdington: All right. Janet Widdington: [Janet goes to the phone] Trevannic 412, please, Mrs. Pengelley... Hello? Mr. Pendered?... Yeah, it's - it's Janet Widdington... Yeah, well - hello... Yes, we're rather worried about Andrea. We were expecting him for supper. And we... [her face falls as she listens] Janet Widdington: Oh, I - oh, I see... No, no - we didn't know... Yes... Well, thank you. [she hangs up] Ursula Widdington: Janet, what's happened? Janet Widdington: They've gone. Ursula Widdington: What do you mean? Janet Widdington: I mean, Andrea's gone. With that woman. Ursula Widdington: I don't understand. Janet Widdington: Andrea and the Danilof woman were seen getting on the train to London. Ursula Widdington: [Ursula begins to cry] Oh, Jan- Oh, Janet! No. Oh, Janet. No, oh no! Janet Widdington: Don't, Ursula. Ursula Widdington: Oh no... Janet Widdington: Ursula. Ursula Widdington: [Ursula sobs harder, her face in her hands] Janet! Janet Widdington: Oh don't! [she hugs Ursula, who clings to her and cries harder] Ursula Widdington: Janet, Janet! Janet Widdington: Don't. You mustn't, Ursula. No, you mustn't. Please! [Dorcas stuffs a chicken while Janet listens to the radio in the next room and Andrea practices upstairs. Janet turns off the radio and comes into the kitchen] Janet Widdington: Doesn't sound good. I can't listen anymore. Dorcas: Don't know how you can stand it. Sounds like a strangled cat. Janet Widdington: I meant the news! Dorcas: Oh, right. Janet Widdington: Do we have any parsnips? Dorcas: Bit early for parsnips. Plenty of spuds, though. Janet Widdington: Well, we shall have to have extra spuds. Potatoes. [Ursula sits by Andrea's bed, watching him sleep. Dorcas bursts in] Dorcas: Tea. Ursula Widdington: Shhh! Dorcas: [she glances at Andrea, then says just as loudly,] Do you want tea? Ursula Widdington: [whispering] Shh! You'll wake him up! I think I'll wait until Janet gets up from her nap. Dorcas: Well, she's up. Ursula Widdington: [still whispering] Is she? She hasn't been long. All right, I'll be down directly. [she turns back to Andrea] Dorcas: He isn't gonna run off. [Ursula shoots her a look. Dorcas slams the door as she leaves, waking Andrea] [Mr. Penruddocke arrives to play his violin for Andrea] Dorcas: Wipe your feet. [he does] Dorcas: All right. [she motions him inside] Dorcas: Just a minute, lift them up. [he lifts one and shows her the bottom of his shoe] Dorcas: And the other one. [he lifts the other] Dorcas: All right. [Dorcas comes into Andrea's room, carrying a sack of potatoes and two buckets] Dorcas: I got a job for you... [They sit, peeling the potatoes] Dorcas: [indicating the two buckets] You put the peel in here, and the spuds in here. You have done this before, haven't you? [Andrea looks bored. He purposely throws a peel into the spud bucket] Dorcas: No! [She fishes the peel out] Dorcas: You put the peel in *here* and the *spuds* in here! Andrea Marowski: "Spuds"? Dorcas: Yes. Proper name's "potato," but we calls them "spuds". [She holds up the potato she's been peeling] Dorcas: Potato. Potato! Andrea Marowski: Ah, "ziemniak". Dorcas: What? Andrea Marowski: [forcefully] "Ziemniak"! Dorcas: Right. Andrea Marowski: [speaks in Polish, subtitled] You look like a potato. Dorcas: What? Andrea Marowski: [speaks in Polish, subtitled] Actually, you look like a sack of potatoes. Dorcas: It's no good, I can't understand a word you's saying. [He shows her his potato, into which he has cut two eyes and a mouth] Dorcas: And don't get artistic, just *peel* the blooming thing.

Other Titles

  1. Der Duft von Lavendel (2005) (ENG)

  2. Ladies in Lavendar (2004) (ENG)
    (International: English title) (poster title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Cadgwith, Cornwall, England, UK
  2. Harrow School, Harrow, Middlesex, England, UK - (interiors)
  3. Helston, Cornwall, England, UK
  4. Kenneggy Cove, Rosudgeon, Cornwall, England, UK
  5. Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, England, UK
  6. Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  7. Prussia Cove, Rosudgeon, Cornwall, England, UK - (Ursula & Janet's cottage)
  8. St Ives, Cornwall, England, UK


- Visa d'exploitation en France # 114509.

- 'Charles Dance (I)' (qv)'s first film as a director.

- 'Charles Dance (I)' (qv) mentioned in his Production Diary that whilst they were casting, he got a phone call from 'Freddie Jones (I)' (qv) (who played Jan Pendered), who, having received the script, said "P**s-poor part, but I'll do it because I'm in love with 'Judi Dench' (qv)."

- This film marked the first English-language role for continental actor 'Daniel Brühl' (qv).

- 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv) and 'Judi Dench' (qv) were performing together in a West End play when they received the scripts. They consulted each other, and decided to do the project.

- 'Krzysztof Siwczyk' (qv) was considered for the role of Andrea when director 'Charles Dance (I)' (qv) saw him in a re-run of _Wojaczek (1999)_ (qv). Sadly, he then attended a Q&A session and deemed him to have grown up too much since the film.

- The cast and crew comprised about 60 people.

- The idea to do _Ladies in Lavender. (2004)_ (qv) came to 'Charles Dance (I)' (qv) as he worked on the film _Black and White (2002)_ (qv); he was reading a volume of short stories by 'William J. Locke' (qv) entitled "Faraway Stories".