A film by Mike Leigh

Cast : Phyllis Logan, Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn

1996 / drama / Royaume-Uni / original title : SECRETS AND LIES / 142’ / Color / status : completed / English / long feature-film / French catalog

When her adoptive mother dies, Hortense, a 27 years old black woman, decides to look for her real mother. She is overwhelmed when she discovers that her biological mother, Cynthia, is white and that she has a 20 year old daughter, Roxanne, who she lives with. Despite the panic Cynthia feels when she hears from this long-forgotten child and despite everything that separates them, a genuine bond of trust and love gradually grows between them.

5 nominations at the Academy Awards including Best Picture


“"Secrets and Lies" is nothing short of miraculous.”

The Guardian