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A couple's marriage is complicated by the introduction of a third party.

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A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire playboy who has moved back to the village. William, pressed by James, confesses to the hit and run. But the confession is clouded by Anne's admission of her affair with William. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »
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$120,237 (Australia) (26 May 2006)

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$329,642 (Australia) (2 June 2006)
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Last full length cinema film of John Neville. See more »

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The movie Wilkinson is telling Watson about, with James Mason as a German spy, is apparently "Five Fingers', but he refers to it as a 1954 film. The Joseph Mankiewicz thriller was released in 1952. See more »

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Anne Manning: I've failed every test you've set me, but you keep setting them. why/
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Sex...Lies....And, NO Video Tapes...
30 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SEPARATE LIES is such an elegant, intelligent and thought provoking film and I could have watched Tom Wilkinson forever on the screen. The locations in the English countryside, the marvelous London locations, the interiors, smart wardrobes and of course, the writing and dialog made SEPARATE LIES a thrilling adventure.

With that said, and perhaps this is just an American viewpoint, as the British are so much more sophisticated in handling sexual escapades, I found it hard to watch Tom Wilkinson just stand by, as his wife goes merrily on her way in a sexual journey that really brings her very little joy, creates much despair for her husband, with the cad that is Rupert Everett. Yes, I saw the failings of Wilkinson's character-his aim for perfection, the desire for everything in its place-but in Emily Watson, she should have looked deeper into his true character and solid goodness, to realize what she has thrown away.

Tom Wilkinson makes SEPARATE LIES into a powerful film by watching him experience all the pain, embarrassment, and despair on the screen as his wife goes off with another man. And he himself makes the journey in SEPARATE LIES by understanding his faults, embracing his wife, despite all that has gone on, and leading her back to London. Bravo, Tom!


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