Vera Drake details
|Starring:||Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Phil Davis, Estelle Harris|
|Genre:||Drama - General|
|Collections:||Full English, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||11 Apr 2005|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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AvoidBy balearicbayes (23 reviews) from Denny , 19 Feb 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Love other Mike Leigh films but this depressed the hell out of me and by the end I couldn't care less if Vera went to prison or not!!! I'm not saying it wasn't well acted but i just felt no connection with the character Vera who seemed totally disconnected from reality!!
The dialogue for me was totally inane and i found myself laughing at probably the most inappropriate moments!!
'Alright dear', 'cup of tea dear' and 'i'll pop the kettle on dear' are the only phrases Vera seemed to utter!! It must have been grim back in the 50's if all they did was drink tea all day and sit in stoney silence!!!
If this film had been any more cliched the characters would have been singing 'knees up mother brown' round the old joanna, but that would have meant them having fun, which would have spoiled the depressing ambience!! I will never get those two hours of my life back now!! Avoid!!!
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Fabulous FilmBy oJo (29 reviews) from Hemel Hempstead , 12 Mar 2013Imelda Staunton gives yet another truly mesmerising performance here as Vera Drake. There does not seem to be any winners or losers in this superb depiction of an England of the past, with a superb cast all round and great direction from Mike Leigh.
Another triumph from Mike Leigh. Great respect for Imelda's performanceBy JulieRNorthumberland (35 reviews) , 11 Jan 2013Totally fantastic film from Mike Leigh and had me thinking for days after about the implications of Vera Drake's actions. I found the morals of her actions far harder to deal with during the film and thought I'd have far more sympathy for her. But Imelda's performance is so real and this is the primary reason why Mike's film is so successful. On reflection I still have respect for the women who felt that they had to call upon the services of vera drake and this is a cautionary tale for anyone who believes that criminalising abortion stops it from happening.
Nice one VeraBy Jonlogical (21 reviews) from York , 28 Oct 2012It is the type of film that polarises opinion. You won't find any stunning fx or ridiculous explosions, bullets or bombs.
This film is a snapshot of one time, through the eyes of one family. The acting is typically British at it's best. I have fallen asleep through Bourne, X men and Mission Impossible. But stayed awake through this enjoyable story.
Emotional but with no real point!By HeverG (69 reviews) from Surrey, England , 06 Jul 2012Great acting by all characters and brilliant sets. Film- more like a 3 part series - was good but slow, it tended to drag on and on. And honestly, you'd think she'd committed offences similar to Fred West's the way she went on and on!! Extreamly emotional program but with no real point
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Moving and thought provokingBy a customer , 13 May 2012So sad to think that women had to resort to this. Interesting to see how life was lived and the differences between the classes