(aka 'Secrets et mensonges')

directed by Mike Leigh
USA 1996


  Mike Leigh, the tragicomic English director whose last film, Naked, won him belated fame in America, has a working method so unique it's easy just to ponder that and forget about the films themselves. He starts without a script or even a story line, merely tossing his actors a premise. Through three months of rehearsals, the actors probe motives, test reactions, try out distinctive habits of thought, movement, and speech. The result is a screenplay that traces not so much a plot as the course of an emotional crisis. Except for some punching up for structure and comic bang, it mirrors as closely as possible a phenomenon rarely presented on screen: the real-life behavior of human beings.

But none of this explains why Leigh can bring us close to tears just 30 seconds into a film, before we know these characters from Adam.

Excerpt from Slate's review by Sarah Kerr located HERE


Theatrical Release: May 1996 - Cannes File Festival

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DVD Review: Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Fox Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 2:21:40
Video 1.84:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

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Studio: Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.84:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:53)

• Fox Flix trailer ads (5:43)

DVD Release Date: February 1st, 2005

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Chapters: 28




This seems like a pretty decent image. Relatively sharp and bright. I'm a little suspicious of the excessive red skin tones. Subtitles are well done. This fine film deserved some better extras than a trailer - a commentary would have been nice. Price seems appropriate for what you are getting, and a must buy for real film fans as this is one of the highlights of the mid-nineties. We hoped for more, but we still recommend.

Gary W. Tooze


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