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Secrets & Lies

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France, United Kingdom · 1996
Rated R · 2h 22m
Director Mike Leigh
Starring Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Phyllis Logan
Genre Drama

Hortense, a middle class black woman, has been tracking down her birth mother - a white working class woman who, at first, denies being her birth mother. Her already dysfunctional family only get more dysfunctional as their secrets are exposed.

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Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

Leigh is an artist not at all blind to the world's darkness and pain. But the generosity and togetherness he and his company show in Secrets and Lies is something the movies -- and the world -- truly need. [25 October 1996, Friday, p.A]

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