A couple's marriage is complicated by the introduction of a third party.

Director:

Julian Fellowes

Writers:

Nigel Balchin (based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood"), Julian Fellowes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wilkinson ... James Manning
Emily Watson ... Anne Manning
Hermione Norris ... Priscilla
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Simon
Rupert Everett ... Bill Bule
Richenda Carey ... Sarah Tufnell
Linda Bassett ... Maggie
Christine Lohr Christine Lohr ... Nurse
Alice O'Connell Alice O'Connell ... Maggie's Daughter
John Neville ... Lord Rawston
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes ... Bill's Son Charles
Henry Drake Henry Drake ... Bill's Son Freddy
David Harewood ... Inspector Marshall
Sabine Tourtellier Sabine Tourtellier ... Receptionist
Philip Rham Philip Rham ... French Lawyer
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Storyline

A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire playboy who has moved back to the village. William, pressed by James, confesses to the hit and run. But the confession is clouded by Anne's admission of her affair with William. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Nigel Balchin's novel was first published in 1951, but was updated to the 21st century for this movie adaptation. See more »

Goofs

When Anne and James met out in the rain for a last goodbye it was very obvious that the rain was manufactured. The rain came down mainly where they were standing and the WAY it came down was not realistic at all. See more »

Quotes

James Manning: [to Anne] Why'd you tell people? They wouldn't have found out.
Priscilla: That's a Londoner talking.
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References 5 Fingers (1952) See more »

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Separate Lies But One Truth
1 March 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Fellowes's directorial debut takes us into a tangle of complex adult relationships. His story unfolds after an accident takes place which is followed by a web of lies. Fellowes gets to the point right from the very beginning. The wonderful score and cinematography set the tone. Fellowes uses less close-ups as he stresses on the full body gesture of his actors. I also liked his attention to detail and the subtle nuances of his actors, notice his choice of location and props which are all a relevant part of the scenes. I must further add that the authentic locations are quite breathtaking.

He has wisely chosen gifted actors like Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson to play the key roles. Wilkinson is at his best while the sublime Ms. Watson downplays her part with grace and complete ease. Hermione Norris has an effective presence. The always dependent Linda Bassett stands out. Rupert Everett looks a little awkward but is quite adequate.

At first glance, 'Separate Lies' may not appeal to all as it's quite easy to miss some of the important details and misinterpret the nuances of the actors. However, on second viewing, I was able to appreciate the film on a much deeper level. On an additional note, the director's commentary is a brilliant bonus. Fellowes provides some great insights into 'Separate Lies' and he has put a lot of efforts into its making.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,341, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$924,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,452,023
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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