Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: Ladies in Lavender (2005)

Written and directed by Charles Dance, Ladies in Lavender is set in 1936, and tells the tale of two aging spinster sisters (Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench) whose peaceable Cornwall existence is disrupted when they take a young Polish violinist (Daniel Brühl) into their care (Source: TCMdB).

I will readily admit that this film is not for every especially given its somewhat pedantic pace; but exercise a little patience. The acting is so well delivered that it made up for any moments of drifting “boredom” (for lack of a better word).

The film also features a stellar supporting cast:

  • Anjelica Huston
  • Michael Gambon
  • Miriam Margoyles
  • Natascha McElhone
  • David Warner

Check out the trailer here:



  1. Iba…I think this the first Overlooked Film I’ve actually seen 🙂 There’s no car chases or explosions but there is some EXCELLENT acting. These gals aren’t Dames for nothing. The supporting cast is made up of those reliably first-rate UK thesps whose names you might not know but whose faces are familiar. Also you can’t argue with beautiful Cornwall…when we were there in the late ’90s it hadn’t changed much 🙂
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  2. My goodness!! Two of my favorite Dames together plus Michael Gambon! I need to see this one, thanks Iba!
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  3. Patti Abbott says:

    I think I was overruled in seeing this one. Maybe I can sneak it past him now.

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