The Lady in the Van | Pics and Flicks

Pics and FlicksFriday 5th August 2016

This film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

Rating: PG13 (for one brief unsettling image)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Nicholas Hytner
Written By: Alan Bennett
Runtime: 104 minutes
Review:

[Dame Maggie] Smith is “Miss Shepherd,” and she’s what you and I would call a bag lady in our callower moments. Living out of a dilapidated van that she periodically paints a blinding shade of yellow, Miss Shepherd has an air of frayed gentility regularly punctuated by paranoid conspiracy theories and schizophrenic rants. She can be powerfully rude, but Smith shows us the fear that drives the woman, and the moments of daft humor and grace. Miss Shepherd — her name turns out to be Mary, and then, eventually, something else entirely — is the albatross of the block, and the neighbors, both kind-hearted and irritable, dread her parking the van, long-term, in front of their houses.

Kind and passive-aggressive soul that he is, Bennett at one point allowed Miss Shepherd to pull the van into his driveway. And there she remained. For 15 years.

“The Lady in the Van” is about a number of things, mostly about what we owe other people and ourselves. It’s hardly a lecture — more a reminder of how well and how messily our good intentions play out. Miss Shepherd provides a sort of litmus test for everyone on the block. One middle-age couple (Roger Allam and Deborah Findlay) make no bones about their desire for her to go away. A young mother (Pandora Colin) uses the old lady as a lesson in kindness for her children, but that’s about it. The fine actress Frances de la Tour plays a local grand dame who turns out to be the widow of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and who regards Bennett’s exasperated caring for and curiosity toward Miss Shepherd as the workings of a saint.

By Ty Burr Boston Globe January 28, 2016

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