Critics' Corner
Rita Kempley - Style section, "A magnificent melodrama that draws both tears and laughter."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Emotional, tear-inducing and compassionate."

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'Secrets and Lies'

Scene from this movie In this corner of middle-class England, the world is filled with bitter acrimony, painful secrets and a vague sense of hopelessness. Maurice is about to experience these ubiquitous woes on a personal level. When his sister Cynthia opens a window on her traumatic past, Maurice and the rest of the family feel the harrowing draft.

We have been made privy to what’s coming. Hortense a young, black optometrist who has just lost her adoptive parents, decides to track down her birth mother. She discovers what seems to be a serious error: Her mother is white. That mother happens to be Cynthia, who leads a rather depressing existence with her morose daughter, a road sweeper called Roxanne. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Mike Leigh
Cast: Timothy Spall; Brenda Blethyn;
Phyllis Logan; Marianne Jean-Baptiste;
Claire Rushbrook; Ron Cook;
Lesley Manville; Elizabeth Berrington;
Michele Austin; Lee Ross
Running Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes
Filmographies: Brenda Blethyn; Marianne Jean-Baptiste