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The Secret Laughter of Women (1999)

A beautiful young single mother feels the pressure from the ex-pat Nigerian community to get married. Her precocious son has met his hero, a cynical English comic book writer and decides he... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Matthew Field
Nia Long ... Nimi Da Silva
Dan Lett ... John
Joke Silva Joke Silva ... Nene
Ariyon Bakare ... Rev. Fola
Joy Elias-Rilwan ... Mama Fola
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... Dr. Ade
Bella Enahoro Bella Enahoro ... Madame Rosa
Fizzy Roberts Fizzy Roberts ... Sammy
Rakie Ayola ... Talking Drum
Caroline Goodall ... Jenny Field
Ellen Thomas ... Bitter Leaf
Thomas Baptiste ... Papa Fola
Willie Jonah Willie Jonah ... Old uncle
Ho Yi Ho Yi ... Chen
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A beautiful young single mother feels the pressure from the ex-pat Nigerian community to get married. Her precocious son has met his hero, a cynical English comic book writer and decides he is a match for his mum. The fall for each other but their love is tested by resistance from the community. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Optimum Releasing

Country:

UK | Canada | Nigeria

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ealing, London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Nene: Why are you not married?
Nimi Da Silva: If it matters so much to you, you find me a husband.
Nene: What kind of husband? Foolish antelope?
Nimi Da Silva: Honest enough to take on Sammy and me. And brave enough to know the truth. And if he's romantic as well, I'll marry him tomorrow.
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I love it!
23 May 2001 | by cool_mama17See all my reviews

I love this film. There is something for everyone. It if funny, saddening, passionate and dramatic. The mixture of two completely different cultures creates a whole new world that the viewer cannot help but want to be a part of. I must admit that I am slightly biased, as Colin Firth is my favourite actor and so nothing that he does is wrong in my eyes (!), but in this film his tremendous acting talent is apparent and it is furthered even more by the beautiful acting of his co-star Nia Long. The problems that their love affair suffers makes it, ironically, more believable and the simple features like the contrast between the colours of Matthew's and Nimi's clothes alone, makes this film all the more enchanting. I defy anyone that cannot be moved by this story. I find it enchanting and have watched it at least ten times since I bought the film a week ago!


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