Vera Drake (2004)
Vera Drake (2004) Genre(s): Drama

Directed by: Mike Leigh

Starring: Imelda Staunton, Richard Graham, Eddie Marsan, Anna Keaveney, Alex Kelly, Daniel Mays, Phil Davis, Lesley Manville, Sally Hawkins

Synopsis: Unbeknownst to her family, a woman is performing illegal abortions in England in the 1950s.

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I really like Mike Leigh's movies. His characters are natural and they speak and act in completely realistic ways.

I've now (finally) seen every movie that was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2004 and I can say, without any hesitation, that Staunton deserved to win. Swank was good in Million Dollar Baby but not nearly this good. The moment when the always-smiling Vera stopped smiling was particularly powerful.

Great acting in an extremely moving film that made me cry. Highly recommended.

Added 07 July 2007 at 2:46 AM

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