A film by Mike Leigh
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 »