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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

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UK | Canada | Nigeria

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ealing, London, England, UK

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Nimi Da Silva: What are you doing?
Matthew Field: We're having a shootout.
Nimi Da Silva: I don't approve of shooting or guns.
Matthew Field: All right. We're playing men who go bang very loudly at one another. Is that all right with you?
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Single Mom's struggle: do what's expected or follow her heart?
7 May 2005 | by enrightnyc-1See all my reviews

Personally, I think the movie is pretty good. It almost rates an 8. I liked the ethnography aspect as well as the gorgeous photography. Colin Firth's character isn't the most likable but he does a better than decent job with the role. The heroine, played by the beautiful Nia Long, is a familiar film heroine in that she's trying to do what she thinks is the best for her child -- marrying a respected member of her expatriate community -- while fighting her attraction for the "bad" man -- one who's not a member of her community (the "outsider"). Most of the film is about this mother's struggle: should she do what's expected of her, what she thinks is best for her son or should she follow her heart? I don't want to give away the ending. Let me just say that it's a feel-good movie with gorgeous location shots, exquisite African dress (it's worth seeing the film just for the women's brilliantly colored African clothing and headdresses), and likable characters overall. The actor who plays Nia Long's son is bright and adorable. The plot is a bit formulaic, but I liked the movie nonetheless. If you're a Colin Firth fan you MUST see this film. If you like chic flicks, see it. I think I'll watch it again tonight!


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