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About the Movie
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.11
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 133
- Fresh: 120
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Smith's performance is not only virtuosic but indispensable in grounding the various loose threads of the story.
Fresh: The film is based on actual events in the life of British writer-personality Alan Bennett that he turned into a book in 1989, a play in 1999, and now a film directed by Nicholas Hytner. You might call this beating a dead horse. The English call it thrift.
Fresh: There's no use fending off the force of nature that is Smith. Sensitive and formidable, self-deprecating and brave, she elevates every role she's in, as we know by now.
Fresh: It's about the boundless talents of Maggie Smith, sometimes chewing up the screen, sometimes saying volumes simply by sitting very, very still, with a perfectly perfect expression on her face.
Wish I hadn’t watched
Struggle for me to watch since I’m 79 and alone with the same fears as the homeless Mary/Margaret. Good performances didn’t offset the tragedy of this true story of a brilliant concert pianist destroyed by her convent experience and a cold brother. I’m a writer, too, but I felt using her story was more exploitative than kind. Younger viewers might not be so critical but I regret viewing it.
A poignant little film...
Maggie Smith plays a wonderfully complex, stubborn, human character in Mary Shepherd — an elderly woman who lived in a van parked, in a driveway, in London, for 15 years. Told very much in the format of a diary, this moving, funny, quirky picture will make you laugh and cry. Wonderful!
Maggie smith is da bomb.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2015
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