The Lady in the Van (2015)

9.0 / Rated by 1 people

Biography
Comedy
Drama
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104 min.
Plot  ''The Lady in the Van'' tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, a crabby, eccentric and insanitary homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home "for three months". She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild, a gifted former pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in a promenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for whose death she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.

Much of the dialogue is between two versions of Bennet - his "real self" and his "writer self".

During her 15-year stay in his drive, Bennett balances his writing career with watching over Shepherd and providing for his increasingly invalid mother. Th...
  

Director(s)

Cast

Maggie Smith
Miss Mary Shepherd / Margaret Fairchild
Alex Jennings
Both versions of Alan Bennett
Roger Allam
Rufus
Deborah Findlay
Pauline
Jim Broadbent
Underwood
Claire Foy
Lois
Frances de la Tour
Ursula Vaughan Williams

Others

All Titles

The Lady in the Van
English Original Title

Release Dates

Language

English

Updates

CK rated The Lady in the Van (2015) with 9.0 stars / 03.02.2019



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