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Ladies in Lavender (PG-13)

Release Date: April 29th (NYC-The Paris Theater), by Roadside Attractions.
The Cast: Maggie Smith,Dame Judi Dench,Daniel Bruhl,Natascha McElhone

BASIC PREMISE: Two elderly sisters take care of a young German man who washes up on their shore.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Dame Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are marvelous together. They shine in every single scene and make every moment engaging with their strong performances. The cinematography is very good and the setting and scenery are beautiful and serene; it is simply a gorgeous movie to look at. The wonderful classical music is also noteworthy. There is also a gentle touch of humor throughout the movie, especially once the young German (Bruhl) enters the two sister's home. It is quite funny the way that the sisters fight over who should spend more time with him. Thanks to the three lovely and charming actresses, including Natascha McElhone as a younger love interest of the German, this film would have been quite boring. The mystery of who the German truly is, is always suspenseful and keeps the plot more complicated, and surprising, than expected.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: The way the young German gradually learns to speak English and about the English way of life is very touching. This movie has a lot of heart because the two old ladies are very kind and warm to to young German. The beautiful views of the beach are very soothing and relaxing. Also, the ending is uplifting and can even bring one to tears of joy without being too sugar-coated.



THE BOTTOM LINE: A beautiful, charming movie with strong performances and an appealing cast. A pure joy to behold.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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