Vera Drake (2004)
London, 1950. Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton) lives with her husband Stan (Phil Davis) and their grown-up children Sid and Ethel. The very epitome of a respectable working class family, they’re not well off, but they are happy and close, and Vera is devoted to them. What her family do not know is that for more than 20 years Vera has been helping young women who find themselves in trouble by providing illegal abortions. Full of humour, sharp observations, and the richness and rhythms of everyday speech, Vera Drake’s resonance lies in its accumulation of detail showing Vera’s transition from cheery stoic to broken woman with a devastating clarity.