DVD Vera Drake [2005] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 50441),
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Vera Drake [2005] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Mike Leigh produces another devastating masterpiece with the heartbreaking VERA DRAKE. Imelda Staunton is the title character, beloved wife of Stan (Phil Davis) and mother of Sid (Daniel Mays) and Ethel (Alex Kelly). Vera spends her days cleaning houses for money and looking in on elderly and sick neighbors out of the kindness of her heart. She even attempts to be a matchmaker for her daughter, inviting a lonely neighbor, Reg (Eddie Marsan), to see if he might be a perfect match for the introverted Ethel. But Vera performs another duty that her family doesn't know about, one that is deeply frowned upon by society. When tragedy befalls a young client of Vera's, the truth comes out, forcing her family to see their mother in an entirely different light.

    Staunton gives a towering performance and, in typical Mike Leigh fashion, the story, characters, and script were built from a grueling and intricate improvisation process, resulting in a film that burns with heart-wrenching sincerity. Rather than take a heavy-handed approach towards his controversial subject matter, Leigh heroically remains non-judgmental, delivering an achingly humanistic drama that will linger with audiences long after they leave the theater.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): N7841

  • Credits
    Imelda Staunton, Philip Davis, Peter Wight, Eddie Marsan, Adrian Scarborough, Sally Hawkins, Ruth Sheen
  • Critic Reviews
    "[S]tunning and compassionate....Leigh goes somewhere deeper in his lifelong cinematic interest in class bonds and conflicts."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Imelda Staunton is absolutely astonishing in the title role of this quiet, sad film..."
    Premiere

    "Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable."
    Rolling Stone

    "[The film] belongs entirely to its actors, whose collective portrayal of a bygone generation is remarkable."
    Los Angeles Times

    "This is the kind of people-driven story that the movies used to give us -- before special effects took over."
    USA Today

    "You won't forget the raw intensity of Staunton's performance....This is a powerful and timely film..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "An exceptional breadth of context and compassion is evident here, though the film is as much a triumph of production design as it is of acting, writing and direction..."
    Sight and Sound

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