Secret & Lies
Secret & Lies

An expert observer of unembellished humanity, writer-director Mike Leigh reached new levels of expressive power and intricacy with this exploration of the deceptions, small and large, that shape our relationships. When Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a Black optometrist who was adopted as a child, begins the search for her birth mother, she doesn’t expect that it will lead her to Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s best actress award), a lonely white factory worker whose tentative embrace of her long-lost daughter sends shock waves through the rest of her already fragile family. Born from a painstaking process of rehearsal and improvisation with a powerhouse ensemble cast, Secrets & Lies is a Palme d’Or–winning tour de force of sustained tension and catharsis that lays bare the emotional fault lines running beneath everyday lives.


  • United Kingdom
  • 1996
  • 142 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English, Greek
  • Spine #1070


  • New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Mike Leigh and director of photography Dick Pope, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Leigh and composer Gary Yershon
  • New conversation between actor Marianne Jean-Baptiste and film critic Corrina Antrobus
  • Audio interview with Leigh, conducted by film critic Michel Ciment in 1996
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Ashley Clark

    New cover by Eric Skillman
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