(aka 'Secrets et mensonges')
directed by Mike
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.
Theatrical Release: May 1996 - Cannes File Festival
DVD Review: Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
• Trailer (1:53)
• Fox Flix trailer ads (5:43)
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.