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Secrets & Lies

"Given the deep waters it dives into, SECRETS & LIES is a good deal funnier and more entertaining than we have any right to expect...It moves us on a human level, it keeps us guessing during scenes as unpredictable as life."
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A film by Mike Leigh

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Director: Mike Leigh
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1996
Runtime: 142 mins
Genre: Comedy Drama

Winner of three awards at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival (including Best Actress for Brenda Blethyn, whose performance also garnered an Oscar nomination), SECRETS & LIES is widely acknowledged as Mike Leigh's finest film, and one of the undisputed triumphs of modern British social realism.

Cynthia's life has been a long series of painful disappointments. She's single with no romantic prospects and a dead-end job at a box factory. Her daughter Roxanne works as a street sweeper and is chronically bitter. Cynthia helped raise her brother, Maurice, a successful photographer, but she rarely sees him and usually blames his wife, Monica. One day, Cynthia receives a phone call from a woman named... More »

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