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Separate Lies -- A damaged relationship is stretched to its desperate limits in this drama.
Separate Lies -- A couple's marriage is complicated by the introduction of a third party.
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Nigel Balchin (based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood")
Julian Fellowes
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Stiff Upper Lip Drawing Room Drama But Wilkinson is Dynamic See more (59 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Wilkinson ... James Manning

Emily Watson ... Anne Manning

Hermione Norris ... Priscilla
John Warnaby ... Simon

Rupert Everett ... Bill Bule

Richenda Carey ... Sarah Tufnell

Linda Bassett ... Maggie

Christine Lohr ... Nurse
Alice O'Connell ... Maggie's Daughter

John Neville ... Lord Rawston
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes ... Bill's Son Charles
Henry Drake ... Bill's Son Freddy

David Harewood ... Inspector Marshall
Sabine Tourtellier ... Receptionist
Philip Rham ... French Lawyer
Jeremy Child ... Angus Burrell
Horlicks ... Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Bisset ... Dr. Morgan (uncredited)
Leonard Silver ... Minister (uncredited)

Terence Stamp ... Joe (uncredited)

Directed by
Julian Fellowes 
Writing credits
Nigel Balchin (based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood")

Julian Fellowes 

Produced by
Steve Clark-Hall .... producer
Christian Colson .... producer
Paul Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stanislas Syrewicz (music)
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alex Mackie 
Martin Walsh 
Casting by
Janey Fothergill 
Production Design by
Alison Riva 
Art Direction by
Niall Moroney 
Set Decoration by
Lee Sandales 
Costume Design by
Michele Clapton 
Makeup Department
Elaine Browne .... makeup artist
Lesley Noble .... makeup artist
Jamie Pritchard .... hairdresser: Mr. Everett
Roseann Samuel .... hair designer (as RoseAnn Samuel)
Roseann Samuel .... makeup designer (as RoseAnn Samuel)
Production Management
Orlagh Collins .... production manager
Mark Harris .... post-production supervisor
Ted Ladlow .... unit manager
François Pulliat .... production manager: Paris
Clare St. John .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Brown .... first assistant director
Lee Grumett .... third assistant director
Toby Hosking .... second assistant director
Aurélia Michon .... trainee assistant director: Paris
Charles Senard .... second assistant director: Paris
Art Department
Dave Allen .... construction manager
Lionel Callari .... props standby: Paris
Frank Carr .... stagehand
Lesley Cross .... production buyer
Chris Cull .... prop master
Jonathan Holbrook .... standby painter
Pete Lennox .... standby carpenter
Rob MacPherson .... standby props
Kerry-Ellen Maxwell .... props trainee: FT2
Simon Riley .... standby props
Fabrice Spelta .... art department assistant
Sam Stokes .... assistant art director
Sarah Stuart .... standby art director
Stephen Thomson .... prop hand
Denis Villand .... carpenter: Paris
Penny White .... store woman
Billy Wilson .... prop hand
Dorrie Young .... art department trainee: FT2
Martin Kane .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor: Reelsound
Gillian Dodders .... supervising dialogue editor
Nathan Duncan .... sound assistant
Stan Fiferman .... foley artist: Reelsound
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer: Reelsound
Andrew Griffiths .... sound maintenance
Mark Heslop .... sound editor
Melissa Lake .... foley artist: Reelsound
Nicolas Le Messurier .... re-recording mixer (as Nic LeMessurier)
Chris Munro .... sound mixer
Tom Sayers .... supervising sound editor
Richard Street .... re-recording mixer
Kevin Taylor .... foley mixer: Reelsound
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer: Reelsound
Paul Wrightson .... dialogue editor: Reelsound
Tony Currie .... additional dialogue editor (uncredited)
Mike Grimes .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Nigel Heath .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Hilary Wyatt .... supervising dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michel Gery .... special effects assistant: Paris
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects assistant: Paris
Carol Styczen .... special effects assistant: Paris
Piotr Styczen .... special effects coordinator: Paris
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... visual effects supervision
Tim Davies .... inferno artist: VTR Digital Cinema
Simon Giles .... visual effects supervision
Safiya Gili .... combustion artist: VTR Digital Cinema (as Safiya Ravat)
Danny Pagan .... data co-ordinator: VTR Digital Cinema
James Tillett .... film recording supervisor: VTR Digital Cinema
Abbi Collins .... stunt performer
Gary Connery .... stunt coordinator
Neil Finnighan .... stunt performer
Sarah Franzl .... stunt performer
Steve Griffin .... stunt performer
Dave Holland .... stunt coordinator
Dave Holland .... stunt performer
Adam Kirley .... stunt performer
Andy Merchant .... stunt performer
Gordon Seed .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailie .... first assistant camera
Lionel Bailly .... electrician: Paris
Peter Batten .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Pete Batten)
Ashley Bond .... first assistant camera
Stephane Canda .... key grip: Paris (as Stéphane Canda)
Ciro Candia .... second assistant camera
Ennio Di Santolo .... electrician (as Ennio De Santola)
Laurent Dray .... grip: Paris
Tommy Finch .... gaffer (as Christopher 'Tommy' Finch)
Sam Garwood .... additional photography: second unit
Dave Gray .... standby rigger (as David Gray)
Guy Guermouth .... electrician: Paris (as Guy Guermout)
Alice Hobden .... second assistant camera: second unit
Bradley Hogan .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Brad Hogan)
Stuart Howell .... camera operator
Gary Hymns .... grip: second unit
Giles Keyte .... stills photographer
Chris Knoll .... electrician
Franck Lependu .... electrician: Paris
Quentin Markowski .... electrician: Paris
Rod Marley .... first assistant camera: second unit
Benjamin Miranda .... grip: Paris
Eric Monin .... electrician: Paris
Olivier Neveu .... gaffer: Paris
Mickey Peerless .... electrician (as Micky Peerless)
Vincent Plaidy .... camera loader: Paris
Benjamin Prevost .... electrician: Paris
Darren Quinn .... key grip
Ed Rutherford .... first assistant camera: second unit
Christian Thurot .... electrician: Paris
Mathieu Ungaro .... grip: Paris
Garie Wetherill .... video playback operator
George White .... best boy (as George 'Spike' White)
Lorraine Jones .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Camilla Evans .... casting assistant
Myriam Haquin .... crowd casting: Paris
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chloe Aubry .... costume assistant (as Cloe Aubry)
Rose Goodheart .... costume supervisor (as Rose Goodhart)
Cristy Watson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Marsha Bramwell .... cutting room trainee
Alison Carter .... first assistant editor
Sally Clayton .... production supervisor: VTR Digital Cinema
Mike Fraser .... consultant: VTR Digital Cinema
Heidi Freeman .... first assistant editor
Steve Harrow .... post production consultant: Steeple Post Production Services
Peter Hunt .... colour timer
Rod Shelton .... producer: VTR Digital Cinema
Laurent Treherne .... data supervisor: VTR Digital Cinema
Mark Vincent .... colorist (as Mick Vincent)
Music Department
Niv Adiri .... music editor
Zbigniew Graca .... conductor: Polish Radio Orchestra
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
Tadeusz Mieczkowski .... recording engineer: Polish Radio Studios
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music mixing engineer: Whitfield Street Studios, London
Devin Workman .... assistant engineer: Whitfield Street Studios, London
Transportation Department
Gary Barnes .... unit driver
Mick Boddy .... driver: standby props
Brian Brookner .... unit driver
Marie-Elise Chocroun .... driver: Paris
Graham Dolloery .... driver: minibus (as Graham Dollery)
Matt Evans .... driver: facilities
Geraldine Girault .... driver: Paris
Georg Grohmann .... unit driver (as Georg Grohman)
Mark Hatchwell .... driver: grip van
John Hogbin .... driver: minibus
Carl Isherwood .... Driver: facilities
Russell King .... driver: camera truck
Rob MacKnight .... driver: minibus (as Rob McKnight)
Mac MacLean .... facilities captain (as Mac McLean)
Nigel Morris .... driver: props runaround
Maxime Mund .... driver: Paris
Simon Saunders .... unit driver
Mike Smith .... unit driver
Colin Stephenson .... driver: facilities (as Colin Stevenson)
Alexandre Vernerey .... driver: Paris
Sean Warwick .... driver: standby construction
Darren Watson .... driver: facilities
Mike Wheeler .... unit driver
Other crew
Adrien Adriaco .... assistant unit location manager: Paris
Sarah Baker .... assistant: Paul Smith, Celador Films
Tyson Barber .... location runner
Georgie Bayford .... accountant: Celador Films
Clare Bennett .... assistant co-ordinator
Carey Berlin .... production assistant: DNA Films
Alexandra Bouillon .... assistant: Steve Clark-Hall (as Alex Bouillon)
Gregory Bruneau .... location production assistant: Paris (as Grégory Bruneau)
Marie-France Calif .... production co-ordinator: Paris
Steve Clark .... chef: Set Meals
Mike Clark-Hall .... floor runner
Melanie Claus .... production co-ordinator (as Mel Claus)
James Cooper .... production runner
Rachel Cooper .... production assistant: DNA Films
Ginger Corbett .... publicity: Premier Public Relations
Sarah Critchley .... script clearances
Matt Curtis .... title designed by (as Matthew Curtis)
Sébastien Delepine .... location production assistant: Paris
Sean Desmond .... security manager
Stephen Dover .... financial management: Celador Films
John Ensby .... laboratory contact
Larry Eydmann .... health and safety advisor (as Larry Eydman)
Penny Eyles .... script supervisor
Camille Gatin .... stand-in
Yolandi Groblar .... catering assistant: Set Meals
Harriet Harper .... assistant to director
Kate Hudson .... publicity: Premier Public Relations
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant
Rachel James .... post production accountant
Nicky Jarvis .... unit nurse
Claire Kendall-Price .... production trainee
Lisa Leibo .... assistant: Christian Colson, Celador Films
Ivana MacKinnon .... development executive: Celador Films
Simon Maxwell .... production runner
Lara Murray .... location manager
Cindy Newman .... supplier: Horlicks the Dog
Ben Nicholas .... production assistant: DNA Films
David Oliver .... stand-in
Zohra Salhi .... production accountant: Paris
Isaac Sananes .... assistant accountant
Joan Smith .... cashier
Joanne Smith .... general manager: DNA Films
Jane Soans .... location manager
John Stewart .... chef: Set Meals
Sue Summerskill .... chaperone
Grégory Valais .... unit location manager: Paris
Jen Lambert .... construction nurse (uncredited)
Charles Senard .... location scout (uncredited)
Cassandra Balchin .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Charles Balchin .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Freya Balchin .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Jane Balchin .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Stephen Critchlow .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Gerard Crosnier .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Donald Douglas .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Zizi Durrance .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Prudence Hopkins .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Robert Jones .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
James Kay .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Laurence Kaye .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Cathy King .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Sarah King .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Martin Koch .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Penelope Leach .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Rhoda Lewis .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Andrew Macdonald .... special thanks
Alastair Mackenzie .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Patrick Massey .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Nora Mullally .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Allon Reich .... special thanks
George Stiles .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Jesus Torres .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance: Le Caprice, London
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language including some sexual references
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:15 (original rating) | USA:R (PCA #41078) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:TV-14 (cable rating)

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Last full length cinema film of John Neville.See more »
James Manning:[to Anne somewhat bitterly] Here's another fine mess you've gotten me into.See more »
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32 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Stiff Upper Lip Drawing Room Drama But Wilkinson is Dynamic, 7 October 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Separate Lies" is a veddy English take on "Unfaithful" and "Crash" crossed with a Ruth Rendell mystery about guilt and responsibility.

The setting is very smoothly established of a high-powered solicitor who works in the City, has a country house and an in town apartment and has everything ordered beautifully and under control, including his wife. The surroundings completely capture the mood. A sense of portent and uneasiness is only introduced with fast flashbacks to a car accident until Emily Watson as the wife starts showing some out of place hairs and breath.

The coincidences are a bit claustrophobically theatrical so that it almost feels like a stage play. For the first half the suspense and revelations keep our attention, but then the film just ducks it all and deteriorates into relationships that are so civilized as to be devoid of emotion or reason. I haven't read the book so don't know if director/adapter Julian Fellowes changed it.

This is the best Tom Wilkinson performance since "In the Bedroom." He holds the film together. He's used so often in films to fulfill the stereotype of a self-satisfied suburban or aristocratic executive that one forgets it can be done with subtlety and verve. This may be the first film that he gets to use so many four letter words with his own accent.

Rupert Everett is so distant and even repellent to every one that it's hard to see his appeal that is critical to the plot. I kept thinking who else could have been cast for at least some magnetism. While it is amusing to see him as a Milord in casual jeans, explained disdainfully that he's been living in America so long that he's practically become an American (a line I've heard in a couple of other Brit movies lately).

While we get a frisson of background on relationships that is supposed to help, it's not enough. All the background and relationships are revealed off screen through talky explication. We certainly can't tell in terms of how people relate. We have to take revelations for their word for it. The injection of old-fashioned Movie Star's Disease makes the characters' interactions get even phonier. And then suddenly there's narration that's unnecessary and jarring. While there's flashes of some action and emotion, this is drawing room drama. That stiff upper lip just gets plain annoying.

There was probably some symbolic significance to a Paris interlude that included a rendez-vous by the Guy de Maupassant statue but if so it was a long time coming for a not worth it punch line.

There's an amusing inside joke of a character watching "Monarch of the Glen" on the TV, as Fellowes was featured in that series.

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