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Vera Drake

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Original title
Vera Drake
Running time
125 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Mike Leigh
Andrew Dickson
Dick Pope
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Thin Man Films / Fine Line Features
Drama | 1950s. Crime
Synopsis / Plot
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 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 of those around her: without accepting payment, she helps young women to end unwanted pregnancies. When one of these girls is rushed to hospital following an abortion, the police investigation leads to Vera and her world comes crashing in on her.
2004: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Director, Actress (Imelda Staunton), Original Screenplay
2004: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actress Drama (Imelda Staunton)
2004: 3 BAFTA Awards: Best Director (Mike Leigh), Actress and Costume Design. 11 Nom.
2004: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion. Copa Volpi for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton)
2004: European Film Awards: Best Actress Lead Character (Imelda Staunton)
2004: Nominated for David of Donatello: Best European Movie
2004: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Imelda Staunton)
2004: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actress (Imelda Staunton)
2004: Toronto Film Festival: Best Actress (Imelda Staunton)
2004: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actress (Staunton)
2004: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Actress (Imelda Staunton)
2004: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton)
2004: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): 5 Awards including Best Movie
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