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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 overview, first billed only:
... Matthew Field
... Nimi Da Silva
... John
Joke Silva ... Nene
... Rev. Fola
... Mama Fola
... Dr. Ade
Bella Enahoro ... Madame Rosa
Fizzy Roberts ... Sammy
... Talking Drum
... Jenny Field
... Bitter Leaf
... Papa Fola
Willie Jonah ... Old uncle
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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Sammy: Are you brave?
Matthew Field: What? Well, sometimes.
Sammy: Are you honest?
Matthew Field: Brutally.
Sammy: But are you romantic?
Matthew Field: To a fault. Have you had breakfast?
Sammy: You can't have breakfast at 4 o'clock.
Matthew Field: I can do what I like.
Sammy: Saracen, will you marry my mother?
[Matthew chuckles]
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I agree with Dark, this movie was absolutely fantastic!
18 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I've seen. Colin Firth is in rare form and this is just an enjoyable movie all around. Colin and Nia do have great chemistry together and the little boy is absolutely fascinating! I would love to have this movie in my collection it is a gem! It is nice to see traditions and non-traditions play out and to see African people portrayed as smart and not just in the jungle. I hope that wasn't offensive because it was not meant to be. I would love to know if I can find this movie on DVD. If anyone knows where I can find it, please let me know. The movie is insightful and shows Nia's great acting range. She has always been a good actress and proves it with this performance.


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