Secrets & Lies

UK/France 1996, 142 mins, 13L

Director: Mike Leigh.

Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Timothy Spall.

Critically acclaimed, the film won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, as well as the Best Actress award. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the award for Best European Film as well as the BAFTA for Best British Film and Best Original Screenplay. It also received five Oscar nominations.

Following the death of her adoptive parents, a successful young black optometrist establishes contact with her biological mother … a lonely white factory worker living in poverty in East London.

Secrets & Lies delves into social issues with delicate aplomb and across-the-board acting, and stands as one of Mike Leigh’s most powerful works.

Superbly observed, deeply touching comedy drama. These are ordinary people living ordinary lives in this quite extraordinary film. Empire.

Incredible acting … powerful. 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Powerful, funny, poignant and undeniably satisfying. Reelviews.

A staggering work of cinematic genius. It is truly a perfect film.