A diamond among the stones...
Marilyn A. Frycklund | warren,pa. | 04/27/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just received and watched Ladies in Lavender and really never even heard of it before and ordered it on the strength of Judi Dench being in it. I was not disappointed in this beautiful film. I loved the acting, the scenery and the music was absolutely wonderful. People have complained about the plot being thin, the ending not explaining questions that supposedly were not answered to some critical viewers satisfaction. THAT did not bother me. I enjoyed a beautiful simple story that made me laugh, weep and cheer with joy as I watched it and at the end I reluctantly left it in my DVD player until I can find the time to have the peace and quiet to replay it again and again to my utter and complete hearts content. This is a simple and uncomplicated film that to me was charming and very endearing."
Delightful Melodrama About Two Sisters
Maizie Lucille James | Brandon, MS | 07/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"LADIES IN LAVENDER was a delightful story about two middle-age sisters who nurse a shipwrecked young Polish man back to health. Over a short period of time both sisters find themselves captivated by this young man. They learn that he is a skilled violinist. And, for different reasons each sister develops an affection for him that's based on their need to nurture. But also, and perhaps more confounding, this charming young man triggers unsettling feelings and memories of young unrequited love and longing.
I don't think the theme in this movie could have succeeded without the talent of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Dench's character, Ursula is especially [emotionally] complicated because she finds herself drawn to this young man with somewhat of a school girl 'crush' ... feeling all the more awkward and confusing because it is a yearning that was never fulfilled in her youth.
What was remarkable about this pleasant film is that it captivated the sentiments and rivalry of these two sisters, while at the same time it showed the close ties each had toward one another.
Best of all there was a bit of lite humor throughout the film, and I enjoyed the cinematography of the English coastline and the small town scenes.
Finally, although I found this film pleasantly entertaining, the soundtrack featuring the brilliant talent of the violinist, Joshua Bell made watching the film all the more enjoyable.
I enjoyed, LADIES IN LAVENDER immensely. I hope you will too.
Maizie Lucille James
July 11, 2010"