Secrets & Lies (1996) [Criterion Collection, Spine #1070]
Blu-Ray | BDMV | AVC, 1920x1080, ~31.2 Mbps | 1hr 22mn | 45.4 GB
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, 2 ch, 1985 kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
An expert observer of unembellished humanity, writer-director Mike Leigh reached new levels of expressive power and intricacy with this exploration of the deceptions, small and large, that shape our relationships. When Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a Black optometrist who was adopted as a child, begins the search for her birth mother, she doesn’t expect that it will lead her to Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s best actress award), a lonely white factory worker whose tentative embrace of her long-lost daughter sends shock waves through the rest of her already fragile family. Born from a painstaking process of rehearsal and improvisation with a powerhouse ensemble cast, Secrets & Lies is a Palme d’Or–winning tour de force of sustained tension and catharsis that lays bare the emotional fault lines running beneath everyday lives.