Directed by Mike Leigh
Imelda Staunton gives the performance of a lifetime
as Vera Drake, a loving wife and mother who cleans houses by day and
performs illegal abortions by night. Mike Leigh's masterful film, set in
gray 1950's England, is a devastatingly effective portrait of an everyday
woman whose commitment to helping others runs her afoul of the law.
Through period detail and nuanced performances, Leigh crafts an earnestly
felt drama that transcends politics to become "a prime example of how
genuine drama terrifies and uplifts us. It also reveals how controversial
subjects can seem fresh and new in the hands of a master director and a
great ensemble cast" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune).
Nominated for 3 Academy Awards (Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original
Screenplay). 125 minutes.