The Lady in the Van

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Released 2015

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Director:
Nicholas Hytner
Released:
2015
Rating:
PG-13
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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  • 80

    Time Out London Cath Clarke

    A wonderful Maggie Smith plays all this dead straight, poker-faced for maximum laughs. It's a peppery, unsentimental performance. She's hysterically funny, till she's not – floor...

  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    It's Smith's eccentric oldster who is the film's driving force, and the 80-year-old actress doesn't disappoint.

  • 60

    The Guardian Catherine Shoard

    Lady in the Van isn't quite this year's Philomena. It's too parochial, too slight and singular. But it's a sweet, smart re-staging which excels when it delivers what its title so b...

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