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Separate Lies (2005)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Manning
... Anne Manning
... Priscilla
John Warnaby ... Simon
... Bill Bule
... Sarah Tufnell
... Maggie
Christine Lohr ... Nurse
Alice O'Connell ... Maggie's Daughter
... Lord Rawston
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes ... Bill's Son Charles
Henry Drake ... Bill's Son Freddy
... Inspector Marshall
Sabine Tourtellier ... Receptionist
Philip Rham ... French Lawyer
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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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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »
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18 November 2005 (UK)  »

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Laberinto de mentiras  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,341, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

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$923,347, 18 December 2005
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Nigel Balchin's novel was first published in 1951, but was updated to the 21st century for this movie adaptation. See more »

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James Manning: [to Anne somewhat bitterly] Here's another fine mess you've gotten me into.
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Double standards that are never discussed
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I wish there were more films about middle aged people. The intellectual journey and the twists and turns of life's moral highway make interesting viewing. There seems to be a different standard of judgement on women who have extra marital affairs than on men. Amy Watson's hurtful and humiliating behaviour towards her husband seems to pass without comment. Reverse the roles and one could expect a torrent of condemnation towards the man. If she found her husband boring and judgmental she could could have told him so, left and waited for a no doubt large financial settlement upon divorce. The country and London scenes are wonderfully authentic and rich while the autumnal weather adds to the melancholy background superbly. The ending is perfect, so in tune with real adult life.


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