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Separate Lies (2005)

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



(based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood"),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Manning
Anne Manning
John Warnaby ...
Sarah Tufnell
Alice O'Connell ...
Maggie's Daughter
Lord Rawston
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes ...
Bill's Son Charles
Henry Drake ...
Bill's Son Freddy
Inspector Marshall
Sabine Tourtellier ...
Philip Rham ...
French Lawyer


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 »





Release Date:

18 November 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Laberinto de mentiras  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,341 (USA) (16 September 2005)


$923,347 (USA) (16 December 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nigel Balchin's novel was first published in 1951, but was updated to the 21st century for this movie adaptation. See more »


Anne Manning: I've failed every test you've set me, but you keep setting them. why/
James Manning: I don't know.
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Double standards that are never discussed
10 June 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I wish there were more films about middle aged people. The intellectual journey and the twists and turns of life's moral highway make interesting viewing. There seems to be a different standard of judgement on women who have extra marital affairs than on men. Amy Watson's hurtful and humiliating behaviour towards her husband seems to pass without comment. Reverse the roles and one could expect a torrent of condemnation towards the man. If she found her husband boring and judgmental she could could have told him so, left and waited for a no doubt large financial settlement upon divorce. The country and London scenes are wonderfully authentic and rich while the autumnal weather adds to the melancholy background superbly. The ending is perfect, so in tune with real adult life.

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