The filmclub presents “Vera Drake” by Mike Leigh

The filmclub presents “Vera Drake” by Mike Leigh | 13/05/2023 | 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

The filmclub presents "Vera Drake" by Mike Leigh

The film club presents a film in English once a month on a Saturday afternoon. This showing will be of “Vera Drake”, directed by Mike Leigh.

Vera Drake is devoted to her family, looking after her husband and children, her elderly mother, and a sick neighbour. Her shy daughter, Ethel (Alex Kelly), works in a lightbulb factory, and her son, Sid  tailors men’s suits. Her husband, Stanley is a car mechanic. Although Vera and her family are poor, their strong family bonds hold them together. During her working day as a house cleaner, Vera performs constant small acts of kindness for the many people she encounters.

She is a kindly person who is eager to help others. Unknown to her family, she also works secretly, providing abortions for young women. She receives no money for providing this service because she believes that her help is an act of charity to women in trouble. However, her partner Lily (Ruth Sheen), who also carries on a black-market trade in scarce postwar foodstuffs, charges two guineas (two pounds and two shillings: equivalent to £73 in 2021) for arranging the abortions, without Vera’s knowledge.

Watch the trailer here.

Screening begins at 3 o’clock sharp and will be followed by a discussion in English. This activity is free and open to all library members.  

Location: English-language Library in Angers