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Separate Lies (2005)

Cast: Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Everett, more...
Director: Julian Fellowes
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A damaged relationship is stretched to its desperate limits in this drama. Anne (Emily Watson) and James (Tom Wilkinson) are a seemingly happy and prosperous British couple who divide their time between a flat in London and a house in the country. However, their marriage is not as contented as one might imagine, and for years James has turned a blind eye to just how deeply unhappy Anne has become with him. Their lives together reach a crossroads when Anne meets the handsome and charming Bill Bule (Rupert Everett); Anne becomes deeply infatuated with him, which only reinforces her dissatisfaction with James, but when the two become involved in an accident that kills another man, Bill drops out of the picture and James decides he must step forward to protect the woman he wed. Separate Lies was the directorial debut from screenwriter Julian Fellowes. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

"Love" Story by talltale February 27, 2006 - 6:12 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
For me, the surprise of SEPARATE LIES lies in the manner in which writer/director Julian Fellowes (from Nigel Balchin's novel) first grounds the film in the usual smug and self-satisfied British upper-crust territory and then opens it up slowly into the realm of real complexity and deeper, richer feelings. Fellowes gets wonderful performances from his three leads Wilkinson, Watson and Everett, with some lovely, heartbreaking work from the fine John Neville and Linda Bassett.

I tend to fall for films in which "love" turns out not to be as simple as it is usually portrayed. Love can enlarge itself, working from something sexual into friendship. Or the reverse. It can also, as with one of the characters here, be expressed as strongly with no sexual element at all. "Separate Lies" is a short movie--not even 90 minutes--but from beginning to end, the film changes, as do its characters, and so may you. (At least, perhaps, your viewpoint.)

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