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The Lady in the Van

Maggie Smith lets her hair down in the role of a real-life bumptious bag lady who lived in a van and found a permanent parking spot outside the Camden home of writer Alan Bennett. Naturally, he put pen to paper to turn this quirky, quintessentially British story of human connection into a book, then a play and now a film directed by Nicholas Hytner. Alex Jennings, as the cardi-clad Bennett, berates himself in dual roles - as the Bennett who lives life and the Bennett who writes - looking on with contempt and scathing witticisms. But this is clearly Smith's show. She is funny without tipping into caricature, yet openly vulnerable, too, and the friendship that develops between her and Bennett defies Hollywood conventions.

Year: 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama, True Stories
Country: UK
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Maggie Smith, Deborah Findlay, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam
Duration: 103 Minutes
Rating: M - Offensive Language
6.7/10
Location in store: Comedy

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