Vera Drake
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Written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Mike Leigh and set in England during the 1950s, this movie revolves around Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton), whose unrelenting dedication to her family is well known throughout her blue-collar town. However, there are more people than her rapidly aging mother and ill neighbor who depend on Vera's care. Though abortion was illegal and, of course, widely frowned upon in the '50s, Vera sees women going through unwanted pregnancies the same as she would anyone else -- human beings deserving of treatment. With this in mind, she regularly induces… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work"
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Vera Drake makes a compelling argument for women's rights without ever succumbing to preachiness."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The heroine of Mike Leigh's wonderfully subtle and relentlessly harrowing new film is a cheerful, compactly built middle-aged woman who spends her waking hours in perpetual motion."
‑ Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine
"Staunton lends the role of Vera a great emotional complexity, eschewing any facile moral response to the social and sexual issues at the heart of the film."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"La película confirma a Mike Leigh como uno de los mejores representantes del cine británico, y a Imelda Staunton como una de sus mejores actrices."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"All the actors so completely fade away that you come out of the film thinking you've seen the real people, not players reciting a script."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Staunton is brilliant as Vera."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In a hopelessly polarized debate, Leigh allows us to see real people involved in real situations. The film will keep people on either side of the abortion debates talking."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"Imelda Staunton delivers an indelible performance as a woman with a frighteningly simplistic idea of the world and how to live in it."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Puts a tender human face on this explosive subject."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"[The movie] can break your heart."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Comes close to ranking with [Leigh's] best work, the searing Naked and the witty Topsy Turvy."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Word "great" doesn't do justice to what Imelda Staunton delivers with her performance."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Moralmente complexo, está longe de representar uma experiência 'satisfatória' para o espectador, que sairá emocionalmente esgotado do cinema. Isto o engrandece ainda mais."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Vera Drake succeeds because Leigh is not interested in sloganeering but in looking at the human and moral cost."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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