#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Cynthia lives in London with her sullen street-sweeper daughter. Her brother has been successful with his photographer’s business and now lives nearby in a more upmarket house. But Cynthia hasn’t even been invited round there after a year. So, all round, she feels rather lonely and isolated. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Hortense, adopted at birth but now grown up, starts to try and trace her mother.
Plot: 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.
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SECRETS AND LIES is a 1996 film by Mike Leigh that, appropriately enough, is concerned with the things that members of a family conceal from each other.
Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a black woman in London who has made a successful career as an optician, knew from a young age that she was adopted, but only after her adopted mother’s death does she decide to look up her birth mother. Hortense is shocked to find that it is Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), not just white but living in near-poverty and wallowing in regret. Cynthia has a tumultuous relationship with her acknowledged daughter Roxanne (Claire Rushbrook), who she fears to be repeating her own youthful mistakes. Cynthia also finds its hard to relate to her brother Maurice (Timothy Spall) and his cold wife Monica (Phyllis Logan), who have done well from a photo shop business. Hortense’s entry into this family ultimately shatters their miserable status quo, but not without some heartbreak on the way.
At this point in his career, Mike Leigh had perfected a filmmaking technique by which he had his actors live out their roles in everyday situations in the street for weeks before he started shooting. Consequently, by the time these actors were captured on film, they are totally convincing as their characters, and the characters are fleshed out through the little details that Leigh allowed to bring to them in improvising. The viewer feels that he knows these people deeply. Leigh also has a way of mixing pathos and humour. He not only will insert a comedic shot after a poignant one, but he’ll then present ambiguous images where the viewer is unsure whether he should laugh or cry.
While the acting and that dash of humour is quite powerful, there are elements that hold me back from universally praising this film. I’ve never been impressed by Leigh’s use of music, which feels cheap, and only one shot (a deftly timed outdoor barbecue) was truly impressive in its mis-en-scène. And I find Leigh’s previous film Naked a slightly more successful application of his art. Still, the acting in SECRETS AND LIES is really something, and I would generally recommend this film.
If I ever get around to drawing up a list of my top 25 favorite non-blockbuster movies, Secrets and Lies would roll in very near the top. I have watched it a few times and expect I will continue to do so periodically.
The acting is phenomenal. It is an ensemble cast, for sure, no superstars, but three of the main actors: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Claire Rushbrook, are among the best that Great Britain has produced. What I first saw this film, it was literally the first time I had seen those three perform, and I quickly learned to seek them out in other projects. I believe the movie won the top award at the Cannes festival, and Brenda Blethyn won a deserved Academy Oscar award.
The story is a powerful one, and allows for emotional growth in a few of the characters. A few Mike Leigh movies share more than just his favorite repeat performers: they also include a big emotional reveal at the end that really pack a wallop. This movie, Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, and All or Nothing share that element. I have read that Leigh makes his cast aware of the story but allows them leeway in improvised dialogue, sometimes when he surprises them during filming, but I haven’t studied his technique in any detail.
I could go on and on about this favorite movie of mine, but I wouldn’t want to risk diminishing the impact for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet. Just watch and enjoy.
Brenda Blethyn deserved the Oscar
I am watching this film for the 4th time. Each time, I am amazed at Ms. Blethyn’s (and all of the actors’) performance and the brilliant script and direction. Ms. Blethyn’s scene during the first phone call from “Hortense” should have been enough to earn her the Oscar right then and there. Ms. Blethyn continues to show her tremendous talent and range since “Secrets.” How Frances McDormand won the Oscar by walking around in the snow and saying “Yah” I will never understand. Has anyone seen anything McDormand’s done since then?
Leigh does it again.
Once again, Mike Leigh crafts a film that leaves me completely emotionally drained by the time the credits roll. The film is immensely suspenseful, and this suspense doesn’t come in the Hitchcockian ‘physical danger around every corner’ kind of way. We are exposed to the various secrets and lies formed in this dysfunctional family very early on, and the entire film is just a slow buildup until everything explodes and it is out in the open. We are forced to sit and wait for the inevitable collision of all the painfully awkward secrets that this family contains. Behind all of this is a beautifully operatic score that creates the perfect ambiance to the entire work. As with Leigh’s earlier work Naked, he creates an ensemble of strong, detailed and incredibly flawed characters. Everyone has so much inner emotional pain, that when they all end up in a room together your heart explodes with the uncomfortable anguish of every secret revealed. It’s a series of savage beatings, one right after the other, that rips your emotional core into pieces and leaves them to be stomped on in the dirt. Of course behind all of this is a beautiful moral, and that’s where the film really shines. Behind all of the pain and gut-wrenching heartache, there is a wonderful story that perfectly depicts the folly of secrets and lies. We see that being truthful and honest for your entire life is ultimately the best decision, regardless of how hard it may be. Letting all of the emotional pain build up over the course of decades will only lead to an even more painful conclusion. In the end, it’s better to simply be honest and trustworthy.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 16 min (136 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Mike Leigh
Writer Mike Leigh
Actors Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan, Brenda Blethyn, Claire Rushbrook
Country UK, France
Awards Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 36 wins & 42 nominations.
Production Company Thin Man Films, Channel Four Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Metrocolor, London, UK (prints)
Film Length 3,986 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP), 35 mm