Vera Drake

Vera Drake

Streaming Video - 2004
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Vera Drake is a devoted, working-class mother in 1950s London who is both beloved and admired by everyone who surrounds her. Yet she bares a secret that few people know about, she induces miscarriages for women who do not wish to bare children. To her, it is a mission of kindness, of charity, of love. But when a miscarriage goes horribly wrong, Vera has to face the authorities, sending her life into tragedy. From acclaimed director Mike Leigh, Vera Drake stars Imelda Staunton in a career defining performance for which Newsday raved, "&#x0085%x;the kind of role that elevates an actress into a lofty realm where those who never knew her suddenly knew it all along."


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Jun 30, 2017

True goodness appears in unlikely places, and grey, post-war Britain is one of them (George Orwell's 1984 was inspired by 1948 for a reason.) In a world of desperate woman and the people who preyed on them, Vera Drake is a shining light. However one feels about abortion, she cannot be called selfish or callous. But too good to be true? Vera is not based on any particular person, though there are always a few women who provide abortion services free of charge. Unfortunately, we never find out with clarity who this woman is, or specifically why she does what she does. With all its working class realism, the film has a tinge of unreality.

Dec 17, 2012

Thoroughly impressed with this film - in particular the acting. It feels authentic - costumes, accents, sets, etc. The main character is almost saintly or angelic, despite her working class, ordinary, stocky appearance. Almost too good to be true - but the superb, subtle acting makes it seem true. Interesting that the director dedicated the film to his father (doctor) and mother (midwife).

Sep 28, 2012

Another brilliant British film.

jpozenel Jul 22, 2012

Really outstanding acting by Imelda Staunton.

Green_Bird_203 Jun 03, 2012

Imelda Staunton's Vera Drake is very very believable.
She is fun in "Cranford".

carlcav Jun 13, 2011

Stunning performance from Imelda Staunton. Also worth noting that the film is largely unscripted, and the actors (other than Staunton) were unaware of the plot twists before they occurred!


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