Maggie Smith won a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination (Comedy or Musical) for her remarkable performance in this remarkable new British film, “wonderfully funny, terribly touching and a vehicle—with comically dilapidated vehicles—for the boundless gifts of Maggie Smith”—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal. “Maggie Smith can do anything…. Now ending her memorable run as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, Smith has picked herself another juicy acting plum. She’s playing Mary Shepherd, a decidedly unsanitary and unlovable vagrant who parked her dilapidated van in a North London driveway in 1973 and for 15 years refused to budge. It’s a “mostly true story,” according to playwright Alan Bennett, who owned the driveway in question and wrote a memoir and a play about Shepherd. Now Bennett’s written the movie. Alex Jennings plays him as an eccentric who’s exasperated by Shepherd’s antics—but can’t really turn the old dearie out”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. PG-13. 104 Min.
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