Secrets and Lies
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The plot is fairly simple, though the emotions beneath it aren't. Cynthia is initially afraid to meet the child she gave up years ago, but eventually opens up and discovers that her long-lost daughter, Hortense, is not only a sweet and refined young lady, but the possible source of the love and affection she wants so badly. She receives none of that sort of attention from her other daughter, Roxanne, a bitter, sharp-tongued council worker who, like her secret half-sister, was conceived out of wedlock. Adding to the tension is Cynthia's relationship with her brother, Maurice, and his socially ambitious wife, Monica. The latter is pained by her inability to have a child, and particularly despises Cynthia, who is able to bear children but, in Monica's mind, unable to provide them with the family environment and opportunities that she can. All of these threads converge at an afternoon birthday party, during which all the pent-up secrets and lies explode like a sequence of fireworks. Emotions are laid bare, the past is revealed, and finally, the film hints, the healing process can begin.
A synopsis really doesn't do full justice to the sheer impact of this film.Read more ›
Many of Leigh's films feature uncompromising performances and partially improvised scripts. This collaborative method makes Leigh's films both unique and memorable even when they aren't very good. Luckily, "Secrets and Lies" is very, very good.
Sadly, this is a pretty bare bones affair. We get the original theatrical trailer and the theatrical trailers for "Author! Author!", "Blood & Wine" and "Class Action". It's a pity as 10 years on, it might have been interesting to catch up with the actors and the impact that their Oscar nominations had on their respective careers. There's also no commentary track but the drama speakes pretty well for itself.Read more ›
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Emotionally deep. No vanilla people here. How to cope with death of a parent. Realistic & Very well done.Published 6 months ago by Dee Red Land
SECRETS AND LIES is a 1996 film by Mike Leigh that, appropriately enough, is concerned with the things that members of a family conceal from each other. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christopher Culver
Love this movie. I have watched it over and over, so many times. It is so realistic. I feel as if I know the characters, not that my life is similar, but you see these sort of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nellie Bucket
This Mike Leigh movie set in London tells the story of a middle aged women (Cynthia) who lives a twisted life with her 21 years old daughter in a single parent household. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Muttley
i caught this film again for the first time in many a moon and i always dug the story line and how a white british mother re connects with her black daughter whom she hadn't seen... Read morePublished 18 months ago by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
This movie is supposed to be original because it was unscripted, all I can say is that it shows, the main problem is that Cynthia as played by Brenda Blethyn is just one sodden... Read morePublished 19 months ago by monifa