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The Secret Laughter of Women (1999)

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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... See full summary »

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Bitter Leaf
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Papa Fola
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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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Nene: The lessons you don't teach him, life will teach him. And life's lessons are bitter.
Nimi Da Silva: We're all right Sammy and I. But I'll beat him later if it will make you happy.
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A very good looking couple in an unrealistic and shallow story…
24 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have mixed feelings about it, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either.

Something is not quite working, to start with, the whole thing is not very realistic which is not necessarily a problem, but when it tries to be serious it doesn't work.

A lot of things seemed a bit forced. I also thought the characters were a bit shallow which prevented me to get attached to any of them. I found the kid not a very good actor and irritating at times.

I did enjoy the 'sweet Colin moments' though, he looks fantastic in the film (fabulous hair!), and beautiful Nia makes a good partner.


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