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Separate Lies

Rating:R (for language including some sexual references)
Genre:Drama, Romance
Release Date:September 16, 2005
Running time:87 minutes
Cast:Linda Bassett, Rupert Everett, John Neville, Hermione Norris, Emily Watson
Director:Julian Fellowes
Producer:Christian Colson, Steve Clark Hall
Writer:Nigel Balchin, Julian Fellowes
Distributor:Fox Searchlight Pictures

Description: At first glance, the marriage of James Manning and his wife Anne couldn't be more picture-perfect. James is a wealthy and respected international lawyer; Anne is a bright and charming homemaker. They reside in a gorgeous country home, have another in London, and enjoy a privileged, peaceful existence with few real worries. It would be absurd to think that such a partnership could be torn apart in just a few tragic seconds. Yet that is precisely what happens. It all begins when the husband of the Mannings' cleaning lady is found near death just down the road, the victim of a hit-and-run. At first, it seems to be a random accident. But soon James begins to suspect that their neighbor, the handsome, upper-crust Bill Bule just back from America, might be to blame for what becomes a vehicular homicide. As James and the police begin to probe what really happened, James is suddenly faced with the shocking reality that both Bill and his wife Anne might have been involved, not only in the unreported crime, but with each other in a passionate affair. James' shattering discovery is only the beginning of a suspenseful journey that takes a twisting turn when James makes the difficult choice to lie in order to protect his wife, who has been lying to him all along about her relationship with Bill, who in turn has his own devastating secret he is hiding from everyone. With the police investigator on their heels, James, Anne and Bill weave their own individual webs of deceit -- each with his or her own complex personal agenda -- until the truths that lie beneath the surface begin to emerge.

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