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Secrets & Lies

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Secrets & Lies is a 1996 film which tells the story of a successful Black woman who, while tracing her family history, discovers that her mother is a lower-class white woman (whose brother is a photographer married to a petty house-proud suburban woman) . It stars Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

The movie was "written" and directed by Mike Leigh.

Most of the script was improvised. Mike Leigh told each of the actors about their roles, and had them improvise their own lines.

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Brenda Blethyn), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

The film won the 1996 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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