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
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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