'Secrets and Lies'
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