ladies in lavender

Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith star in this story of two sisters, Ursula and Janet, whose simple existence is turned on its ear when an injured young man washes up on their beach. Ursula (Dench) is a spinster, and Janet (Smith) a war widow, so it has been some time since a man was in their lives. The presence of the vivacious young man stirs up long forgotten feelings in Ursula, and tensions arise in the household. Delicately acted and beautifully shot, this film has the added delight of seeing these two formidable actors comfortably together. Smith plays true to role with arched superiority, but Dench is the real marvel of this movie, showing the blush of young love as it is reflected in old age. [UK, 2005]

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