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Secrets & Lies

Posted by martinteller on August 17, 2011

I’ve been meaning to watch this for years, and I see now that I put it off far, far too long.  At first it seems like a fairly routine family drama, but as these characters work their way under your skin, they develop rich complexities and rewarding relationships.  The results are intensely moving, and I’m not ashamed to admit that by the end I was a blubbering wreck.  Not a note of it seems phony, contrived or forced.  There is no “Jeremy” character as in Naked, every “villain” is imbued with true humanity.  It seems almost criminal to single out any particular performance, as the cast is brilliant across the board.  But I must say I was especially taken with the heartbreaking Brenda Blethyn and the utterly endearing Marianne Jean-Baptiste, two actresses who I’ve only seen in bit parts in far lesser works.  If I were nitpicking, I’d say the Ron Cook (the photographer that Timothy Spall bought his studio from) scene is unnecessary and a bit out of place.  It’s not a bad scene at all, just a bit distracting.  But other than that minor quibble, I adored it.  A warm, touching, magnificent look at family, the barriers that keep them apart, and the roles and disguises we maintain for all the wrong reasons.  Rating: Masterpiece


One Response to “Secrets & Lies”

  1. Completely agree. Love this film.

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