Source: Catholic News Service
Superbly written and acted period drama (circa 1950) of a lower-middle-class English housewife (Imelda Staunton) who, unbeknownst to her family, helps desperate women who have become pregnant by performing abortions, until a young woman nearly dies after Vera's ministrations, and the authorities apprehend her. Master filmmaker Mike Leigh's abortion theme will be troublesome for Catholic viewers, but his approach to the controversial subject leaves the moral judgments to the viewer. Staunton's performance is towering, and the human dynamics extraordinarily natural in the narrative of a woman who wants to help others, but who simply doesn't appreciate the consequences -- moral or physical -- of her actions. Abortion theme, and one sexual situation. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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