Lady in the Van (Bilingual)
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Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins “temporarily” parks her van in Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) London driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.Acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett to create this rare and touching portrait.
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We live in a world of too much trash entertainment so it is wonderful there is still some class entertainment.
Margaret T, Fairchild (Maggie Smith) aka Mary, is an elderly woman who lived in her van. In the opening scene, which is dark, there is an accident, one in which she runs from. She ends up in Camden Town and in the yard of playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings). Bennett separates himself into two people, the author, and the individual who deals with stubborn woman in the van.
As the film progresses, the glimpses we get of her younger life fill in, as we discover this is an educated woman, who is accomplished, and whose life is now being wasted. Alan constantly contrasts her to his own mother, in a home who doesn't remember him.
But it is not a sad story. Maggie Smith gives us a delightful performance of a quirky woman with hygiene issues.
Guide: Occasional F-word. No sex or nudity.
I have read some horrible 'posts' perhaps it would be good for some of these very unpleasant folk to
remember many people have very, very difficult live s not of their own making. Thankfully Alan Bennet set aside his sometimes
negative attitudes toward Miss Shepherd and behaved humanly.
Based on the true story, Miss Shepherd was a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What began as a begrudged favour became a relationship that would change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Alan Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived for all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Alan Bennett [‘The Madness of King George’ and ‘The History Boys’] to bring this funny, poignant, and life-affirming story to the screen.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 2015 73rd Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy for Dame Maggie Smith. 2015 69th British Academy Film Awards: Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Dame Maggie Smith. 2015 43rd Evening Standard British Film Awards: Win: Best Actress for Dame Maggie Smith. Nicholas Hytner directed the original stage production at the Queen's Theatre in London, while Alan Bennett adapted the screenplay from his 1999 West End play of the same name, which was nominated at the 2000 Olivier Awards for Play of the Year. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film's score consists of classical music by Chopin and others; some additional music was composed by George Fenton.Read more ›
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This is an very endearing movie. Whilst Maggie Smith's character is exasperating at times. she is also very endearing in a strange way. Well done Maggie as always.Published 6 days ago by Peter M
It was so good, great acting with Maggie Smith and the story line. Watched it twice.Published 29 days ago by B.A. Lapointe
Maggie Smith is a wonderful actress and this being a true story was very heart wrenching. Great film!Published 1 month ago by Jack Kolafa
Could not see it on the big screen here, everyone that has watched it has loved it. Fast delivery after I booked it.Published 1 month ago by Annette Sawers
A boring pointless film. How a movie about a filthy disgusting old miserable selfish lady warranted a movie I do not know. Read morePublished 1 month ago by stormy