The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for fifteen years.

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LPL_WilliamO Jun 20, 2018

I loved this film, as it's the perfect mix of humor and drama. Maggie Smith is brilliant in her portrayal of Mary, an elderly woman who parks her van in a playwright's driveway and, against his wishes, lives there for fifteen years. Highly recommended!

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Byond
Jun 09, 2018

Titles that come to mind are 'The Man Who Came To Dinner', and 'Down and Out In Beverly Hills' (Bondu Saved From Drowning'). In Albee's 'Delicate Balance' neighbors move in, perhaps until death. The mysterious stranger here is a force of nature, and few would find more than enough of her very appealing. While the backstory might seem to locate the blame with convent experiences, it seems this one was off the beaten path long before that. All sorts of complexities are in the mix. This material started as a magazine article, became a book, then a play, finally this. 'The Making of' feature speaks to that, 'without Maggie Smith this doesn't get made'. If nothing else, this provokes some thought about how much you need to give to the beasties not in your group.

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kpelish
May 29, 2018

Maggie Smith is her usual bad-ass self and burnishes this film into something more interesting than a writer's musings. Raises good questions about autonomy, independence, grace and history, community, and aging in place--even if that place turns out to be a van. The English trait of tolerating eccentricity helps this film work.

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jmmReads
May 27, 2018

This is an almost unbelievable tale, told in a quirky dead pan style. It could have been farcical, but that would have robbed the title character of her dignity and the story of its pathos. It could have been told as an indictment of various organizations, but that would have ignored the humor in everyday life. It's rated PG-13, but I think you might need more than 13 years of life to understand the motivations and relationships of the persons involved.

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toolmama78
May 16, 2018

Very funny stuff in here! A must watch..

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humbleworm
May 11, 2018

Heavy emphasis on "don't judge a book by its cover" with a little mental illness, inconvenient truth and helping the down-trodden. It's an interesting and slightly sad drama, but it may not hold your interest and unfortunately none of the characters are really easy to empathize with.

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Parentfx
May 10, 2018

This movie is extremely slow and it doesn't have much of a plot. I couldn't si through it all. I chose to watch this film because of the known actors. I lost interest half way through!

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VicariousME
Apr 18, 2018

True stories are often the best stories told. I found myself laughing a lot with the blunt honest of the main characters. And though most of the scenes in the movie was taken at some type of old vehicle, the story never seemed stagnant and flat. The actors performed very well.

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JohnBigDaddyCool
Jan 10, 2018

What a delightful movie. Dame Smith is a wonderful actress and plays this character so fully that I can actually imagine what the real woman she portrayed was like.

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MovieLover_47
Dec 16, 2017

This is a good film and not a waste of time as so many films now a days are. Maggie Smith is very good but good writing, directing and pacing make it good.

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gsoone
Sep 07, 2016

The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for fifteen years. 91%/65%

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kpelish
May 29, 2018

Violence: Two young men harass Maggie Smith's character by rocking the van to frighten her.

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