Secrets & Lies7.9 out of10 (worst is 0)based on18627 ratings.

Roxanne drives her mother crazy. Maurice never speaks to his niece. Cynthia has a shock for her family. Monica can't talk to her husband. Hortense has never met her mother.

Year: 1996
Country: France, UK
Release date: 12 September 1996
Genres: Drama
Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan
Directors: Mike Leigh
Runtime: 142min
Plot: Successful black woman traces her birth mother to a lower-class white woman, who denies it; emotions run high as everyone's secrets are exposed.
MPAA Rating: R
User Rating: 7.9/10 based on 18627 votes.


Cynthia lives in London with her sullen street-sweeper daughter. Her brother has been successful with his photographer's business and now lives nearby in a more upmarket house. But Cynthia hasn't even been invited round there after a year. So, all round, she feels rather lonely and isolated. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Hortense, adopted at birth but now grown up, starts to try and trace her mother.

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