R | | Crime, Drama
Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.
The main actors rehearsed the movie with Mike Leigh for as long as six months before shooting started. This included: discussions about the script and the characters -- each character's biography was outlined from birth; documentation about the period -- actors read, watched and listened to period archives that their characters would have been exposed to, e.g. books, newspapers, movies, TV programs, and radio programs; improvisation of scenes, whether they were ultimately used in the movie or not. This kind and amount of effort explains the "real life" feeling of the movie.
Hello George, only me. How are you going today?
When Sid and his friends are dancing, the music features blaring trumpets. A shot of the band shows only the saxophone and trombone players playing, while the the trumpet player taps his toes. The music also seems to be coming from a much larger band.
After the end credits it says: "In loving memory of my parents, a doctor and a midwife."
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