Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies is a 1996 British drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh. Led by an ensemble cast consisting of many Leigh regulars, it stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Hortense, a well-educated black middle-class London optometrist, who was adopted as a baby and has chosen to trace her family history – only to discover that her birth mother, Cynthia, played by Brenda Blethyn, is a working-class white woman with a dysfunctional family. Claire Rushbrook co-stars as Cynthia's other daughter Roxanne, while Timothy Spall and Phyllis Logan portray Cynthia's brother and sister-in-law, who have secrets of their own affecting their everyday family life.
Hortense Cumberbatch, a successful black middle class optometrist in London who was adopted as a child, has chosen to trace her family history after the death of her adoptive mother. After being warned by public officials about the troubles she could face by tracking her birth mother down, she continues her investigation and is baffled to learn that her birth mother is white; she does not resent this fact and wants to know more about her mother's past.
|award||National Board of Review: Top Ten Films Palme d'Or|
|events||descent dysfunctional family identity|
|keywords||adopt adoptive mother birthday party black british bus stop decorate dysmenorrhea east london expect family history horrify lose medical student meet menstrual cramps middle class morning nothing optometrist optometry pass pub trouble want|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay European Film Award for Best Film|
|producer||Simon Channing Williams|
|productionCompany||Ciby 2000 Film4 Productions Thin Man Films|