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Criterion Press Release: Secrets & Lies (1996) (Blu-ray) (1 Viewer)

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Secrets & Lies
Writer-director Mike Leigh reached new levels of expressive power and intricacy in his ongoing contemplation of unembellished humanity with this resonant exploration of the deceptions, small and large, that shape our relationships to those we love. 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 desperately 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 & Liesis a Palme d’Or–winning tour de force of sustained tension and catharsis that lays bare the emotional fault lines running beneath the surface of everyday lives.
FILM INFO
  • Mike Leigh
  • United Kingdom
  • 1996
  • 142 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English, Greek
  • Spine #1070
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Mike Leigh and director of photography Dick Pope, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation with Leigh and composer Gary Yershon
  • New interview with actor Marianne Jean-Baptiste
  • Audio interview with Leigh from 1996 conducted by film critic Michel Ciment
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    New cover by Eric Skillman

    March 30, 2021
 

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My favourite Mike Leigh film. I bought the Region B Blu-ray several years ago for a pittance, it is reference quality!
 

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