Written and directed by Mike Leigh, the film focuses on the arrest of an abortionist, Vera Drake (played by Imelda Staunton), in England after the Second World War. I have not seen this film, but according to reviews, it shows the effect of the arrest of Vera Drake on her family and the community, and the disparate effect of the law on the poor versus the wealthy. (A wealthy woman is able to do what she wants, safely, regardless of the law.) The trailer seemed to portray Vera Drake as a saint; I hope the film is not propaganda, but confronts all sides of this controversial and painful issue.
Starring Paul Newman, this film is a superb drama that depicts many of the strains of the profession, as well as the class and age differences that sometimes separate lawyers from their clients. It also shows different kinds of lawyers: those like the down-and-out Newman, and an upper crust of elite attorneys who underestimate him. You can spend an interesting hour or so just counting the ethical violations in this film. The plot, the beautiful images, and the excellent acting keep you riveted through the satisfying ending. I saw this film years ago, and it has stayed with me. It's a brave film that confronts lawyer alcoholism, depression and isolation, and the constant pressures to settle a case and collect the fee. Directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the novel by Barry Reed; screenplay by David Mamet
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