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Vera Drake

Vera Drake
  • 2004
  • UK/France
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mike Leigh
  • Written by: Mike Leigh
  • Cast: Imelda Staunton, Richard Graham, Heather Craney

Vera Drake sees Leigh return with a tragic-comic drama that boasts both the warm affection of Life is Sweet and the sharp cruelty of Naked. Set in post-war Britain (1950/1 London) and focusing on the titular good little wife, mother and secret backstreet abortionist (Staunton), Vera Drake benefits from compelling narrative that sees the good-hearted if naïve protagonist subjected to institutionalised victimisation.

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