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Secrets & Lies (1997)Secrets & Lies (1997)

Secrets & Lies (1997)

A woman’s search for her birth mother sends shockwaves through a family’s world

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.7

movie

France, United Kingdom

English

Emotional, Grown-up Comedy, Touching

1997

Mike Leigh

Alison Steadman, Angela Curran, Anthony O'Donnell

142 min

Synopsis

With both her adoptive parents now dead, a black optometrist decides to make contact with her birth mother, but is shocked to find out that she is white.

Our Take

8.7
Igor Fishman

A woman yearns to find her biological mother, another woman struggles with infertility, a third wants to connect with her rebellious daughter. Director Mike Leigh has the prowess to seamlessly weave these stories together, and part of the joy is knowing, that like clockwork, these narratives are set on a spectacular collision course.

As melancholy as it is optimistic and as funny as it is tragic, Secrets & Lies is a perfect example of Leigh’s oeuvre and earned him a Cannes’ Palme d’Or. The film features a full cast of his regulars with the fantastic addition of Marianne Jean Baptiste as Hortense – the woman who sets the wheels of the film in motion.

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