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THE IRON LADY

Phyllida Lloyd | 2011 | 107 MINS
UK/France
In her twilight years, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) reflects on her life and career as she finally prepares to dispose of the belongings of her late husband.

In Detail

Is it a leftie assassination job? Or right-wing hagiography? Neither. This is a personal, essentially feminist story, about how a shopkeeper's daughter conquered a very patrician world, how she was torn between ambition and family (ambition usually won), how hard it was to become the first woman ruler of Britain since Queen Anne.

While Meryl's physical impression of the British PM in her blue-bloused prime is bang on the money, it is the way in which she captures Thatcher's unshakeable inner certainty that really pays off in the film's favour. Olivia Colman plays daughter Carol Thatcher, and Jim Broadbent stars as husband Denis Thatcher.

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