Directed by Mike Leigh • 2004 • United Kingdom
Starring Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Daniel Mays
Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton) is a devoted, working-class mother in 1950s London who is both beloved and admired by everyone who surrounds her. Yet she carries a secret that few people know: she induces miscarriages for women who do not wish to bear children. To her, it is a mission of kindness, of charity, of love. But when a miscarriage goes horribly wrong, Vera faces a life-changing reckoning. Mike Leigh’s daringly compassionate drama features a career-high performance from Imelda Staunton, who imbues its heroine with indelible humanity.