Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable. show more
As an evocation of English working-class life half a century ago, it feels utterly authentic, and is ennobled -- not too strong a word, I think -- by Imelda Staunton's performance in the title role.
It does a masterful job of capturing a specific time and place while reminding us how timeless the abortion dialogue is. show more