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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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James Manning: [to Anne somewhat bitterly] Here's another fine mess you've gotten me into.
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Separate Lies But One Truth
1 March 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Fellowes's directorial debut takes us into a tangle of complex adult relationships. His story unfolds after an accident takes place which is followed by a web of lies. Fellowes gets to the point right from the very beginning. The wonderful score and cinematography set the tone. Fellowes uses less close-ups as he stresses on the full body gesture of his actors. I also liked his attention to detail and the subtle nuances of his actors, notice his choice of location and props which are all a relevant part of the scenes. I must further add that the authentic locations are quite breathtaking.

He has wisely chosen gifted actors like Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson to play the key roles. Wilkinson is at his best while the sublime Ms. Watson downplays her part with grace and complete ease. Hermione Norris has an effective presence. The always dependent Linda Bassett stands out. Rupert Everett looks a little awkward but is quite adequate.

At first glance, 'Separate Lies' may not appeal to all as it's quite easy to miss some of the important details and misinterpret the nuances of the actors. However, on second viewing, I was able to appreciate the film on a much deeper level. On an additional note, the director's commentary is a brilliant bonus. Fellowes provides some great insights into 'Separate Lies' and he has put a lot of efforts into its making.


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