The Lady in the Van (2016)


I have a few personal reasons to be in love with “The Lady in the Van” movie. First of all, I’m dying for the British everythings: streets, accent, people, politeness and last, but at all least, humour. You can find them all in the recently released movie in the Uk, on the 13th of November 2015. The fact that its story is actually based on real life events it make it even more appealing to me. The film depicts an old woman who drove her own van on the Alan Bennett’s street.


Alan Bennett is probably one of the most loved writers in the UK. He is a playwright, memoirist and a very, very appreciated screenwriter. He has been pretty much in the centre of the British Literature’s life. The filming took place in the house he used to live in in 1967-1968. At the beginning of 1970 a woman parked on his street. Eventually the council decided that she can’t live there anymore. At that point, Alan Bennett invited her to live in his driveway “just until you sort yourself out”, thinking it would be for the next three weeks maximum. It turned out to be 15 years.


Alan Bennett affirmed: “I couldn’t imagine anybody doing Ms. Shepperd better, but Maggie (Smith) has got a sense of humour… but Ms. Shepperd did not at all.” Tim Robey writes for “This might sound like nit-picking. It’s fair to say that if you have the tiniest hint of a Bennett allergy, The Lady in the Van is unlikely to be the cure. But of one thing, there’s even less doubt: it’s guaranteed to please absolutely everyone who already knows they’ll love it.”


I don’t know about others, but as for me, I will for sure go watch it on 15 January, 2016 when it will be released in the United States.


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