Background[ edit ] In Vera Drake, Leigh incorporated elements of his own childhood. He grew up in north SalfordLancashire, and experienced a very ordinary but socio-economically mixed life as the son of a doctor and a midwife.
Updated 06 January Contains abortion theme Imelda Staunton delivers a career-best performance in Brit director Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, an engrossing drama about a down-to-earth woman performing backstreet abortions in 50s London.
Anyone unmoved by Staunton's performance really should check their pulse: It's difficult to know what Vera Drake Staunton dispenses more of: Adored by her husband Stan the ever-dependable Phil Davis and children Sid Daniel Mays and Ethel Alex Kellyshe manages to be both the cornerstone of her family and pillar of the community you try it!
She also performs illegal abortions for "girls who are in trouble", a service she does for free and without her family's knowledge. When one of the abortions goes wrong, however, Vera's secret life comes to the attention of the police Leigh says he wants his film to trigger debate, and that's sure to happen - especially in countries where abortion is still illegal.
Technically this is also his finest film to date, with life in 50s London beautifully captured on screen although it's safe to assume that none of the cast kept their wardrobe at the end of the shoot. There are some quibbles: Not everyone's cup of tea, then, but definitely a movie that demands to be seen by discriminating audiences everywhere.Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family.
She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother%.
Vera Drake movie reviews & Metacritic score: A portrait of a back street abortionist in 's London. A film by Mike Leigh, the director of Secrets and Lies.
Oct 22, · Watch video · Directed by Mike Leigh. With Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, Richard Graham.
Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family/10(K). London, Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan and their grown-up children, Sid and Ethel. They are not rich, but they are a happy, close family.
In Mike Leigh and best original screenplay for Vera Drake (), about a kindhearted woman in early s England who clandestinely performs abortions.
In his next two films Leigh explored relationships between characters with disparate emotional attitudes.