Rent Vera Drake (2004)

3.6 of 5 from 366 ratings
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London, 1950: 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-knit family. Vera cleans houses, Stan is a mechanic in his brother's garage, Sid works for a tailor and Ethel works in a factory testing lightbulbs. But selfless Vera has a sideline, which she keeps secret from all those around her. Without accepting payment she helps young women to end their unwanted pregnancies.
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Mike Leigh
Jim Clark, Phil Davis, Jacqueline Durran, Eve Stewart, Christine Blundell
British Films, Drama

2005 BAFTA Best Actress

2005 BAFTA Best Costumes

2005 BAFTA Best Direction

2004 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion

2004 Venice Film Festival Best Actress

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Run Time:
120 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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Reviews (6) of Vera Drake

Well worth watching - Vera Drake review by CP Customer

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I really enjoyed this drama which, as with most Mike Leigh films concentrates on the personalities of the characters and the detail of their everyday lives rather than on action/ adventure. Interesting to see such the 50's houses with great attention to detail in the sets.Love the contrasts between the different classes and some great acting.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Too Much crying - Vera Drake review by CP Customer

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Maybe I'm not sensitive enough. i love all of Mike Leigh's films,his attention to detail and the moment is amazing. However compelling as this film was, and maybe it was due to watching it on a small sceen the constant scenes of Vera crying so much and on edge so much that she couldn't speak was fustrating, I found myself almost sceaming at the TV "just spit it out".. as she took five minutes to say.. 'I'm not sure'.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Slow moving but superb acting - Vera Drake review by Pete W

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Mike Leigh invokes the atmosphere of London in 1950 perfectly. Vera Drake is an ordinary caring housewife and mother with a secret which eventually shames herself and her family. The only slightly heavy handed part of the story overemphasises the "one law for the rich, one for the poor" point which the film makes. Excellent acting all round with not a weak cast member but Imelda Staunton is a revelation.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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