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  •  Boy, that's a great movie. (10+ / 0-)

    It really showed how complex these issues are.  Its awful that she gets sent to jail.  But the real crime is that a well-intended woman with no medical training was the only option for those poor girls.

    I also think the movie does a fabulous job of portraying the reactions of her husband and son.  Their initial reaction is to be aghast at what Vera has been doing.  To their mind, a fetus simply is a human being and an abortion is a murder.  They've never had to really consider what an unwanted pregnancy means to the mother.  There's a wonderful scene where the son is freaking out over what his mother has done, and the father says "Whatever she done, she done it out of the kindness of her heart."  I'm sure that character never spent a moment's time thinking about abortion, but his love for and trust in his wife is just that strong.  And really, as men, that's what this whole thing means for us. Can we be humble enough to trust that the women we love will make the right decisions for themselves.  

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    by Spider Stumbled on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 04:46:11 PM PST

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    •  Fun fact: (8+ / 0-)

      the movie was filmed "in order", and the director didn't tell any of the actors (apart from the lead) that Vera was performing back-alley abortions.  The scene when she's arrested was improvised, so that none of her "family" would understand what was happening.  The shock you see on their faces is real:

      When filming Vera Drake, only Imelda Staunton knew ahead of time that the subject of the film was abortion. None of the cast members playing the family members, including Staunton, knew that Vera was to be arrested until the moment the actors playing the police knocked on the door of the house they were using for rehearsals. Their genuine reactions of shock and confusion provided the raw material for their dialogue and actions.

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      by pico on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 09:20:36 PM PST

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