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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Phil Davis
Imelda Staunton
Alex Kelly
Eddie Marsan
Daniel Mays
Directors
Mike Leigh
Screenwriters
Mike Leigh
Running Time
125 minutes

Vera Drake


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Plot
Islington, 1950. Charlady Vera (Staunton) bustles about keeping her family together and cheerfully helping others. She also performs discreet abortions for girls 'in trouble'. Eventually, this charitable sideline comes to the attention of the law and a prosecution threatens to break up the family.


Verdict
An illustrated essay on life before legalised abortion, dotted with fiercely human moments. Painful for many reasons, but highly recommended.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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