“I help young girls out.
How do you do that?
I help them start bleeding again.
Don’t you feel that it is wrong?
And for how long have you been doing this?
I don’t remember. A long time.
Around 10, 20 years? 20 years?
Mrs. Vera Drake, do you know it is a severe crime to conduct abortions?
How much were you paid?
No dear, I never took any money. I just helped them.”
This was the main theme and the most moving scene in the highly acclaimed movie (critics), Vera Drake. Her helplessness and fear of seeing her world fall apart as the severity of the crime in the eyes of the law (which has been a noble act on her part) sinks into her is done immensely well.
Based on 1950s England. Vera (Imelda Stuanton) is a middle-aged lady who is really compasionate about others and is often seen humming as she cleans and scrubs as a domestic help in many households. She has a very loving life partner in her husband who is a mechanic and two children and they lead a very modest lifestyle.
She looks after her mom and paralysed neighbour. She also conducts abortions of young girls who could not or does not want to go through legitimate channels by local procedures.
One fine evening as she was partying with her family for her daughter’s engagement, the police march in. One of the girls, whom she had helped had complications and was admitted to the hospital brining law into the picture.
The setting is really subtle and the pace of the movie is slow with the protagonist in almost all the frames.
Not for Pepsi-Cola-drinking, Pop-corn-eating, designer-wear-loving, beautiful-bods-on-screen-liking audience. e.g: KANK [because I haven't watched it, :-) I am making fun of those who did]
The movie changes your mood and gets you involved.