The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

DVD - 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.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD LADY IN VA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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thejonesgal
Sep 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this movie. I know quite a few homeless people and this lady reminded me of a few of them. Living in a van is pretty common among the homeless. Having someone allow you into their driveway is not.
I like having her story unfold through the film.

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DeaconDaveJones
Sep 24, 2017

Good movie, all in all. Sad and funny and showing the struggle that comes with be polite and English and just a bit timid. Watched this movie based on a preview so I believe I knew what I was getting into so my expectations were in the right place.

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trcookIIImddmd
Sep 16, 2017

Odd little film about a fag playwrite and his pet bag lady. He is schizophrenic and she is just a pathetic victim of the Catholic Church--a story which has many parallel chapters.

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swyckl
Jul 14, 2017

I liked this DVD. It has some funny moments. It has a sad ending as expected dealing with an aging elderly senior citizen. The script is strong. It is well acted. It is good for all ages. The story is slow moving. The main character has some non-violent psychology issues for which she avoids therapy for. You may relate to the experience of the actors. I like Maggie Smith as an actress.

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mariho
Jul 03, 2017

Love Maggie Smith in this movie. Its a movie that has a lot of British humor and I feel some American audiences find it hard to relate to. I chuckled through the entire movie. There's some sad part but a nice balance movie. I think the old lady's past was kind of a mystery. This movie wants to a lot: a funny movie, sad, mystery.

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SandraLH
Jun 17, 2017

Maggie Smith excellent in this role. Sad true-life story, but shows one man's compassion for a less fortunate human being. A few gross scenes, but depicts reality of homelessness.

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tenet
Jun 13, 2017

Rated 4/10. Good acting by Maggie Smith, but the movie is a fail. Far too much time was spent on her character's later eccentric life, living in the van. It would have been a more interesting story if her life had been told in a more chronological order. You only get to see glimpses of the earlier years.

The way the movie started was confusing. It only became clearer towards the end of the show as to its importance.

This could have been so much better with an improved script.

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howeshound
May 17, 2017

As with Downton Abbey the makers of this movie have assumed that Maggie Smith, an actress of immense talent, can rescue the most inept script and hokiest story. Even at her usual brilliant best, she fails to do so here. We seldom give up in films, usually gritting teeth to the end in the hope of something redeeming, but after 20 minutes we'd had more than enough.

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bzeb
May 13, 2017

No star rating here because it wouldn't really be fair.

I expected this to be a funny movie (with the fruit stand guy and all...who happened to have only one brief scene in the movie).
Though it's not really a drama it's not a funny "ha,ha" kind of movie either.
It's a downright sad movie.
I'd looked forward to sitting down with this and having a good laugh but had a session with depression instead.

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LPL_Sarah
Apr 05, 2017

Maggie Smith is wonderful in this! I would have given it five stars but I didn't absolutely love the ending. It's definitely a movie worth seeing, though!

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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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