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'Vera Drake' to Screen at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 22-25

RELEASED: Sept. 20, 2005

Scene from Vera DrakeEAU CLAIRE — Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake" (2004) will screen Sept. 22-25 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Unbeknownst to her family, a devoted wife and mother (Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton) in 1950s England helps women end unwanted pregnancies. When she is arrested as an abortionist, her world unravels.

"It's tough to deny the film's emotional impact," wrote critic James Berardinelli. "It's probably the most complete and satisfying movie Leigh has made since 'Secrets and Lies.' Regardless of your opinion of the woman's actions, it's impossible not to feel for Vera as we see her well-ordered, simple life fall apart suddenly and dramatically."

"The strength of Leigh's film is that it is not a message picture, but a deep and true portrait of these lives," wrote Roger Ebert.

The 125-minute film is rated R for strong thematic content. Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and at the door.

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