Vera Drake

Movie review by Tony Nigro, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Tender, quality presentation of touchy subject.

R 2004 125 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

not rated for age

Based on 1 review

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Staunton is strong and carries the film beautifully!

Mike Leigh's Vera Drake is a stunner of a film. Much is said about the "authenticity" of this period piece and of course it's all true. Leigh offers a convincing portrayal of 1950s working class London. The film takes its time, setting up the context and of course its main protagonist as ordinary and uneventful. Both a mundane look at abortion and in its mundaneness is also its extraordinariness. The real kicker comes at the end after the long and drawn out and painful ordeal and Leigh offers his strongest point when Drake converses with her peers in the final scene. Staunton is stunning and plays the moment so close to the bone.

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