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Apr 25 2016

The Furniture: The Lady with the Van Paints a Crime Scene Into a Home

"The Furniture"is our new design series.Here's Daniel Walber...

The Lady in the Vanbegins with a bloody hit-and-run accident.The title van-driving lady,played by Maggie Smith,collides with a young man and leaves him for dead.On the lam,bound by necessity to a vehicle that may also be a murder weapon,she finds her way to a quiet neighborhood full of artists and bourgeois intellectuals.

Then it turns into a delightful comedy about the social anxieties of Alan Bennett.

It's a bit abrupt,to be honest.And it may take a fair while to warm up to the neurotic,Adaptation.-style doppelgangers that represent the split personalities of the playwright protagonist.The vans themselves,though,quite effectively capture a much more gradual transition,one that charts Mary/Margaret's arc with care.What begins as an all-in-one murder weapon and crime scene becomes a home.[More...]

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