Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies is a classic Mike Leigh film, made in his hallmark style with much improvisation by the actors who did not know how the plot would unfold as they began filming. And it works brilliantly. The story centres on a family with many dysfunctional relationships - which are really just more exaggerated versions of the dysfunctions hidden in any family. The characters' hidden pasts and enduring insecurities intensify the lack of empathy between them, deepening the tensions and heightening their misunderstandings. It takes Maurice, brother to the central character, to get his family past their secrets and lies. Every family could probably benefit from a cup of tea with him. A fantastic cast including Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Don't read the synopsis, don't watch You Tube clips, just see the film.