CINEMA: FAMILY VALUES

BRITAIN'S UNFLINCHING MIKE LEIGH MAY HAVE HIS BIGGEST U.S. HIT YET WITH SECRETS & LIES

Two women, who have just met, sit side by side in a drab London cafe near a tube station. The younger woman, Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), has told the older, Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), that she is her daughter, given up for adoption 28 years ago. Cynthia curdles in disbelief, for she is white, Hortense black. "I don't mean nothin' by it, darlin'," Cynthia protests in her tiny voice, "but I ain't never been with a black man in my life." She stares into the void, and then a chill comes over her stricken face--you can almost see the room temperature drop--as the...

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