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The Secret Laughter of Women (1999)

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Matthew Field
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Nimi Da Silva
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Rev. Fola
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Dr. Ade
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Madame Rosa
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Jenny Field
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Bitter Leaf
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Papa Fola
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Ho Yi ...
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A beautiful young single mother feels the pressure from the ex-pat Nigerian community to get married. Her precocious son has met his hero, a cynical English comic book writer and decides he is a match for his mum. The fall for each other but their love is tested by resistance from the community. Written by Anonymous

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Sammy: [watching Nene and Mama Fola argue in proverbs] Why are they talking like that?
Nimi Da Silva: Proverbs, to be polite.
Sammy: It doesn't look very polite.
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I love it!
23 May 2001 | by (Westcliff, England) – See all my reviews

I love this film. There is something for everyone. It if funny, saddening, passionate and dramatic. The mixture of two completely different cultures creates a whole new world that the viewer cannot help but want to be a part of. I must admit that I am slightly biased, as Colin Firth is my favourite actor and so nothing that he does is wrong in my eyes (!), but in this film his tremendous acting talent is apparent and it is furthered even more by the beautiful acting of his co-star Nia Long. The problems that their love affair suffers makes it, ironically, more believable and the simple features like the contrast between the colours of Matthew's and Nimi's clothes alone, makes this film all the more enchanting. I defy anyone that cannot be moved by this story. I find it enchanting and have watched it at least ten times since I bought the film a week ago!


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