I absolutely loved with this film! The performances were painfully honest, the script was so smart, and Leigh's use of camera, particularly the long static take, was just breathtaking! Here is a great movie!
momentarily bordering on soap opera revelations towards the end, but ultimately sticking to a powerful emotional honesty and vulnerability that connects intensely. so simple, yet so impactful. a "happy" ending. performances from leigh are brutal and unimpeachable as usual.
Mike Leigh's most melodramatic melodrama. I'm surprised. For the amount of acclaim (Palme d'Or Winner), it's sure over-the-top emotionally. So I relate it to Almodovar's cinema in the sense that it's from an auteur, but soap opera almost to a fault. The culmination of Leigh's filmography is stunning: I love his characters, their strength, their sensitivity, their humanity...and their very British sensibilities.
B.Blethyn gives an extraordinary performance as Cynthia, while the other actors are really good. Afamily drama turned into an ancient greek tragedy by the specialist Mike Leigh. Under no circumstances should you miss it!!!
This film revitalised the cinéaste in me. 'Secrets and Lies' strips back the lives of common people to expose the raw pain and beauty, which brews in the mind long after the credits have rolled. Watching Brenda Blethyn's performance feels strangely vouyeuristic, as she her emotions feel so raw as to cause discomfort. This film is a great leveller, showing no class discrimination where misfortune is concerned.