- UK / France
- 2h 5min
- 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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