Monday, March 26, 2012

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Secrets & Lies

"Secret and Lies" is the brilliant Mike Leigh at his best. This intimate family drama is mostly a series of expertly written 1-on-1 conversations, each of them Oscar-worthy on their own. The film features some of the finest individual and collaborative acting you will ever see, as Leigh creates fully-developed, well-defined characters. These personalities were so amazingly authentic that you really couldn’t tell that they were acting. For example, Marianne Jean-Baptiste fully epitomized the educated British West Indian (it was eerie how much she reminded me of my cousin). The film culminates in a fascinating family birthday party where all the secrets and lies are revealed. Despite the intimidating running time and the sometimes excessively melancholy music, I highly recommend this film.

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