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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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Official Sites:

Optimum Releasing

Country:

UK | Canada | Nigeria

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Секретный женский смех See more »

Filming Locations:

Ealing, London, England, UK

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sammy: [running into the church with Matthew] Mama! Mama! Look what I got for you!
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A very good looking couple in an unrealistic and shallow story…
24 May 2011 | by varineloiseSee all my reviews

I have mixed feelings about it, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either.

Something is not quite working, to start with, the whole thing is not very realistic which is not necessarily a problem, but when it tries to be serious it doesn't work.

A lot of things seemed a bit forced. I also thought the characters were a bit shallow which prevented me to get attached to any of them. I found the kid not a very good actor and irritating at times.

I did enjoy the 'sweet Colin moments' though, he looks fantastic in the film (fabulous hair!), and beautiful Nia makes a good partner.


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