Separate Lies

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20th Century Fox Released 2005

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Director:
Julian Fellowes
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Separate Lies is a 2005 British drama film that circles around the dysfunctional relationship between a man and a woman faced with allegations of murder. The film is Julian Fellowes (The Tourist, The Young Victoria; Gosford Park) directorial debut. Anne (Emily Watson) and James (Tom Wilkinson) seem to be a happily-married couple. But lately Anne has grown distant, and is no longer happy in her relationship with her husband. James, unsure of how to resolve his wife's discontent, turns a blind eye and pretends not to notice. Not surprisingly, Anne soon takes interest in a neighbor named Bill Bule (Rupert Everett). Anne's interest in Bill evolves into an infatuation, and it is not long before they engage in a passionate love affair. But when they become involved in a deadly accident, Bill flees the scene and leaves Anne with the burden of the murder. James now has the choice to step in and support his unfaithful wife, or let her fend for herself, alone. Separate Lies is an honest film which depicts the reality behind most "smooth surfaces".moreless

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  • 80

    Variety

    With Separate Lies, Fellowes has made a truly adult film -- not because of its content or themes, but because it knows that real drama often lies in the accepted and unspoken realm...

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie is so busy constructing its labyrinthine plot that it often forgets to plumb the souls of its characters.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    To watch the film is to marvel at the cast's virtuosity at fleshing out the shallowest people in England, and the observable intelligence and talent of all those involved doesn't m...

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