Interesting subject matter
acting was not bad but it was way too long and slow not a great story either..
Brilliant movie. Excellent cast. Well scripted. If you are after a feel good movie, then this is not for you.
Not an easy movie to watch but very worthwhile. We tend to forget that only one or two generations before us women had few options for unwanted pregnancies: the wealthy could buy a medicallly safe abortion, but others were doomed to either having lots of children or backyard abortions, which were not always safe. Women like Vera Drake deserve a place in history for their courage in defying the law and empathy for others. This movie is trying to address a contentious issue in a sympathetic way, depicting the patriarchal constraints by which women were judged and had to abide.
A difficult topic set in difficult times - the early 1950's when all girls were supposed to be virginal at the time of their wedding. There is an interesting contrast between the treatment by a young pregnant woman from a higher socio-economic family in comparison to the world that Vera and her family and friends co-habitate. Vera's efforts to "help out young girls"seem to stem from something in her own past but while this is alluded to, it is not explored in any depth. Sure the film is slow moving and dark but for those interested and not damaged by the topic it is worthwhile viewing. I particularly enjoyed watching the impact on Vera's own family and the way that her husband supported her unconditionally. I found this movie thought provoking and it was interesting to view how far society has progressed since the 1950's - whether this is materialistically or morally is open to question by the individual viewer based on their own views.
DONT EVEN BOTHER WITH THIS ONE..... TURNED IT OFF AFTER 20 MINS
A beautifully cast, well scripted movie, with a good story to tell. It is certainly not a "feel-good" movie by any stretch, and not for those who want a happy ending. very well told and presented.
Really interesting movie, covers a sensitive topic without appearing to take sides, also a bit of a social commentary.
a sad but watch it movie, this happened befor and just after the war,, unfortunitly the situation did not turn out the way things should have, the pace of the film bieng slow, but werth watching
2 and a half. The film maker is trying very hard to establish characters, and make these character likeable. Only to grab and pull audiances and Vera Drake to the gutter. Though what she is doing is wrong wrong wrong.
Poor Vera... Of course we are all more educated these days, so it's not surprising some reviewers found it hard to relate. Remembering this, worth watching.
Superb acting, however there was something missing for me in this film. The main character's energy and spirit were so quickly and totally destroyed - it seemed unlikely that she wouldn't be able to rise to the occasion, even though it was such a terrible one. So there was no redemption and as such it left a bad taste in the mouth.
Likeable characters, good acting but...if you've read the blurb on the DVD cover, you pretty much know the whole story.
A very sad but highly dramatic story.
While the atmosphere of post-war Britain has a ring of authenticity about, Leigh's depiction of the classes verges on charicature. Though this aspect of the film can be annoying at times it is nevertheless worth watching because of the subject matter and superb performances.
Vera Drake was an honest portrayal of what life was like for women at both extreems of the social class system. A very well cast drama, exceptional acting, driven by character rather than plot.
Also brings back memories of aspects of life in Australia in the 50s and 60s!
Perfect recreation of a period. Great performances.
Definetly an interesting film. Looking at how the poor and middle class were treated differently in respect to rights of their bodies.
Not that I am advocating abortion but hard when there is one rule for one and another for poorer people.
An interesting film.
Slow but interesting. Pathetic title character that you can't help but love,
Slow but interesting. Pathetic title character that you can't help but love,
very slow pace makes it hard to hold your interest
There is no action in this movie, it is long oppressively bleak. The cast are excellent, the characters are sympathetic and the police are nice. It is like Coronation Street with fatal soap.
Mike Leigh hasn't failed in presenting this dramatic and accurate portrayal of a working class woman doing her best to help her community in London in the late 40s.
Imelda Staunton gives an excellent performance and the film is well cast, well scripted beautifully shot and be warned qute harrowing. A good film for anyone who care about women's issues and history.
The dramatic twist towards the end of the movie is hard going.
Staunton was not suprisingly nominated for an Oscar for this role.
Well acted and produced movie which made the content seem very real. Thought provoking and a sad look at the era the movie portrayed.
A difficult ensemble feeling movie. The story is important and the players wonderful. Thankfully we are no longer back in those desperate and dangerous days of the abortionist. But there those generous conservative souls who without the conscience vote recently may have set us back in time again.
A wonderful expose of life in England in teh 1950's. No sentimentality anywhere in this 'no one is right' and 'no one is wrong' maovie by Mike Leigh. Storytelling at its finest heelped by a great script and some wonderful performances - especially from Imelda Staunton in the title role. Sounds like a cliched review? Maybe it is, but what else can you say.
A very different storyline.Sad ending .
This is what might be called a "worthy" film in that it addresses the dreadful problem women faced before legal abortion. It's a topic that still needs to be aired given the strong anti-abortion factions in the US and Australian governments. Extremely well acted, the film is nevertheless spoiled by the cardboard cut-out characters. The director's call for Imelda Staunton's weeping face full screen for almost half the picture was over-kill. A less sentimental approach by Mike Leigh would have worked much better.
Painfully slow movie, in fact at times the camera would fix on someone's face for so long, we thought the DVD was stuck! Interesting story however of a do-gooder performing home abortions to help girls out in trouble.
A sad yet compelling story of life in post war London. A time when all problems were solved over a cup of tea. The acting by all the characters was superb and the story was very original. Imelda Staunton gave an outstanding performance as the working class mother who puts everyone else before herself and pays the price. Highly recommended.
Quite a slow movie and have to really be in the mood to watch a slow drama unfold. A Sunday afternoon movie with a glass of wine perhaps?
Imelda Staunton's performance both made and undid the film. She has the actor's physical tricks to carry a film by acting in every scene, but no ingenuity and little range. The first half of the film consisted of a chirpy mumsy routine, and the second silent crying. As the film dragged on to it's end, BOY, did it drag. With the weight of the film lying on Imelda's shoulder and spending 40 minutes staring at her red face and quivering lower lip it revealed the hollow shell that the movie really was.
Was a bit slow to get going and first impressions were that it was going to be a dull plot about the comings and goings of a typical English family in post-war Britain. But the acting was superb especially Imelda Staunton as Vera and the plot not at all dull or boring. No wonder it was nominated for 3 academy awards including Imelda as Best Actress in a leading role. Each of the characters had a real personality which came through strongly. I found myself hoping for the English legal system would be a bit more understanding of this poor woman's plight but there was a message there as well. Very good film.