Secrets & Lies (1996)
Runtime: 136 min
Genre : Drama
Movie Release : 25 October 1996 (USA)
Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan
Country: France | UK
Cynthia lives in London with her sullen street-sweeper daughter. Her brother has been successful with his photographer’s business and now lives nearby in a more upmarket house. But Cynthia hasn’t even been invited round there after a year. So, all round, she feels rather lonely and isolated. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Hortense, adopted at birth but now grown up, starts to try and trace her mother.
This is a lovely, small film with beautiful performances by Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. It is filled with comical moments that balance out some of the heavier parts of the film. My heart went out to the two lead characters as they struggled to make sense of the mutual bond unearthed by Ms. Jean-Baptiste’s character. At once confused, hurt, shocked and afraid, Ms. Blethyn is completely convincing in her role. I was moved by her decision to enter into a relationship with this woman whom she had never before met. Perhaps the fact that Ms. Blethyn and Ms. Jean-Baptiste had never been introduced prior to the scene in which their two characters meet added to the realism of that moment. And Ms. Jean-Baptiste’s portrayal of a woman who is surprised by her discovery and not a little disappointed was dead-on, as is her dogged determination to get what she came after.
If you are searching for a movie brimming with action, special effects, and/or blockbuster stars you need to pass this over. But if you are in the mood for a film that offers winning performances and an entertaining Storyline that grows out of human interaction, this is the one you’re looking for! “Secrets & Lies” is a gem of a movie!
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