A FILM ALIVE WITH SPONTANEITY AND TRUTHFULNESS
by Paul Butler
Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake
Middle-aged Vera bustles along making neighbourly calls. She lets herself in to the dingy home of a man who is slumped white-faced and unmoving in an armchair. He is stricken, like most of the film’s characters, with some unexplained ailment arising from the general gloom of post-war London.