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Two sisters engage in a subtle war for the affections of a man half their age in this British comedy drama. It's 1936, and Janet Widdington (Maggie ... Show synopsis

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  • Bodies age, hearts stay forever young. Jul 4, 2013
    by AuntieBella

    This is a gentle story about two sisters of a certain age whose hearts are still young--as their infatuation with a much younger man shows. A story best understood by others of "a certain age" (my teenage granddaughter thought it was a dumb movie). I thoroughly enjoyed watching it (but then, I'm of a certain age myself). Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are two of my favorite actresses and seeing them in the same movie was great.

  • Great Performances Aug 12, 2010
    by Donald S

    Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are wonderful to watch!

  • A special 100 minutes at the movies. Nov 12, 2009
    by Sivvie

    This beautifully wrought film is a pure delight from the first frame to the last. The two Dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are two sisters whose lives are changed by the young man washed up on the shore below their neat little Cornish cottage.
    Charles Dance's first foray into direction is a beauty. He deftly draws his characters through the story (which he scripted) and on to a climactic and emotive end from which it is hard to hold back the tears. All the actors, down to the small parts, seem to fit into their parts as though they had been written for them. But Judi Dench and Maggie Smith inhabit their Cornish cottage as though they had lived there all their lives, as though they had always been looked after by the hilarious Dorcas (played stunningly by Miriam Margoyles). Daniel Bruel as the young man is quietly up to the high standard of the two Dames, and the Cornish setting makes the film visually pleasurable and nostalgic for those who remember a time between the two great wars. This has to be one of the finest films of its genre for quite a long time. Very watchable indeed.

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