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Vera Drake

2006-03-30 12:59


London, 1950: Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan and their grown-up children, Sid and Ethel. They are not rich, but they are a happy, close family. Vera cleans houses, Stan is a mechanic in his brother's garage, Sid works for a tailor and Ethel works in a factory testing lightbulbs.

But the always selfless Vera has a sideline which she keeps secret from all of those around her: without accepting payment, she helps young women to end unwanted pregnancies.

When one of these girls is rushed to hospital following an abortion, the police investigation leads to Vera and her world comes crashing in on her.

What the critics are saying:

"...a subtle examination of a simple woman caught up in a complex world. Anyone unmoved by Staunton's performance really should check their pulse: they may well be dead."
- Adrian Hennigan, BBCi Film

"In a film of pitch-perfect, seemingly effortless performances, Imelda Staunton is the key player, and her success at creating Vera Drake allows the story to fall into place and belong there."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Imelda Staunton gives the performance of her career as a kindly but naive back street abortionist in 1950s England. A subtle and engrossing examination of an issue that still troubles society to this day.

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