Ladies in Lavender ★★★½

A return to this film after ten years have passed, and I have much the same feelings about it as I had then. It's a 1930s period drama, written and directed by Charles Dance (who has not gone behind the camera for a second time, which seems a shame).

Two sisters, Janet (Maggie Smith) and Ursula (Judi Dench) live a quiet life by the sea with a housekeeper, Miriam Margoyles, and a handful of neighbours who are close-knit and used to days being the same, one after the other. When Andreas (Daniel Brühl - who I realise now was the chap who played Niki Lauda in 'Rush'), a Polish musician, is washed up on the sea-shore with a broken ankle, he is taken into the sisters' house and their lives suddenly become more interesting.

There's nothing groundbreaking here, although Cornwall looks fantastic, and the period detail is spot on. The acting, too, is excellent, with David Warner as the doctor and Natascha McElhone as an artist on holiday who notices Andreas' talent on the violin.

Bonus point if you spot Catweazle himself in a tiny role.

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