Secrets and Lies

  |  Book Tickets: 26/01/2011
  |  Buy to Own: 29/09/1997
  |  Watch Now: 02/12/2010
  |  136 min
Rated 15 by the BBFC
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Comedy drama written and directed by Mike Leigh. Hortense Cumberbatch (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) is a young, black Londoner who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is surprised to discover that her birth mother is in fact white, single mum Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn). After an uncomfortable first meeting, Cynthia strikes up a rapport with Hortense and invites her to the 21st birthday party of her youngest daughter Roxanne (Claire Rushbrook) where she meets Cynthia's brother Maurice (Timothy Spall) and his wife Monica (Phyllis Logan). Mike Leigh's bittersweet comedy was nominated for five Oscars.