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A damaged relationship is stretched to its desperate limits in this drama. Anne Emily Watson and James Tom Wilkinson are a seemingly happy and prosperous British couple who divide their time between a flat in London and a house in the country. However, their marriage is not as contented as one might imagine, and for years James has turned a blind eye to just how deeply unhappy Anne has become with him. Their lives together reach a crossroads when Anne meets the handsome and charming Bill Bule Rupert Everett; Anne...
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A damaged relationship is stretched to its desperate limits in this drama. Anne Emily Watson and James Tom Wilkinson are a seemingly happy and prosperous British couple who divide their time between a flat in London and a house in the country. However, their marriage is not as contented as one might imagine, and for years James has turned a blind eye to just how deeply unhappy Anne has become with him. Their lives together reach a crossroads when Anne meets the handsome and charming Bill Bule Rupert Everett; Anne becomes deeply infatuated with him, which only reinforces her dissatisfaction with James, but when the two become involved in an accident that kills another man, Bill drops out of the picture and James decides he must step forward to protect the woman he wed. Separate Lies was the directorial debut from screenwriter Julian Fellowes.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Julian Fellowes (Writer/Director) ; Trailer
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Julian Fellowes' Separate Lies dwells in the same adulterous British parlors as Woody Allen's Match Point, also released in late 2005. But it has something altogether different to say about how people behave when confronted with infidelity. Instead of focusing on the panicked maneuvering of the cheating spouse, as Allen does, Fellowes views events from the perspective of the cuckold Tom Wilkinson, whose reactions are anything but typical. Sure, James Manning indulges in some wallowing, but far more characteristic is his dispassionate pragmatism and his sad attempts to compromise -- which remind the viewer that this pain manifests itself in many ways, not all of them noble or even righteously ignoble. Manning's stiff-lipped, buttoned-up ways are so ingrained, he cedes all power to his cavalierly cheating wife Emily Watson, not only resisting opportunities to hang her out to dry, but even risking his own safety and absolving her of guilt. The fact that this is not the way most people would react makes Fellowes' script occasionally maddening, but more often fascinating, as it resists the easy answers and well-worn paths of other similar films. Wilkinson's performance makes possible the fine line between sympathizing with Manning and despising him. Fellowes' directorial debut is a bit of a structural oddity -- it reaches an early climax, after little more than an hour, and the epilogue that fills out the scant 87 minutes may frustrate even those ardently on board with his agenda. But the acclaimed screenwriter and former actor is clearly comfortable with actors, drawing out good work from Watson and a gaunt Rupert Everett, in perhaps his most humorless role yet. Watching the film, one wonders whether the sickly looking Everett is transforming his body for the needs of the role, or actually sick himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • UPC: 024543224037
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emily Watson Anne Manning
Tom Wilkinson James Manning
Rupert Everett Bill Bule
Hermione Norris Priscilla
John Warnaby Simon
Linda Bassett Maggie
John Neville Lord Rawston
David Harewood Inspector Marshall
Technical Credits
Julian Fellowes Director, Screenwriter
David Brown Asst. Director
Michelle Clapton Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Clark-Hall Producer
Christian Colson Producer
Janey Fothergill Casting
Alex Mackie Editor
Niall Moroney Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Smith Executive Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Alison Riva Production Designer
Roseanne Samuel Makeup
Stanislas Syrewicz Score Composer
Martin Walsh Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Separate Lies [FS]
1. Main Titles/Whirlwind [4:38]
2. Country Life [2:42]
3. Drinks and Nibbles [:09]
4. The Accident [4:34]
5. Laid to Rest [2:53]
6. Taking Responsibility [1:26]
7. Under the Influence [1:38]
8. Easy to be With [4:26]
9. Inquiry [:04]
10. Impossible [5:59]
11. Another Fine Mess [1:40]
12. All Alone [4:38]
13. Paris [2:09]
14. Reckless [2:07]
15. On Offer [3:43]
16. Quite a Gathering [1:08]
17. Chance Encounter [4:41]
18. Another Storm [2:30]
19. Passing the Test [2:18]
20. Goodbye/End Titles [5:23]
Disc #1, Side B -- Separate Lies [WS]
1. Main Titles/Whirlwind [4:38]
2. Country Life [2:42]
3. Drinks and Nibbles [:09]
4. The Accident [4:34]
5. Laid to Rest [2:53]
6. Taking Responsibility [1:26]
7. Under the Influence [1:38]
8. Easy to Be With [4:26]
9. Inquiry [:04]
10. Impossible [5:59]
11. Another Fine Mess [1:40]
12. All Alone [4:38]
13. Paris [2:09]
14. Reckless [2:07]
15. On Offer [3:43]
16. Quite a Gathering [1:08]
17. Chance Encounter [4:41]
18. Another Storm [2:30]
19. Passing the Test [2:18]
20. Goodbye/End Titles [5:23]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Separate Lies [FS]
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
         Commentary
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Writer/Director Julian Fellowes: On/Off
      Theatrical Trailer
Disc #1, Side B -- Separate Lies [WS]
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
         Commentary
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Writer/Director Julian Fellowes
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Full of twists and turns

    The acting is excellent in this suspenseful British drama. Of course, this is to be expected with Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Rupert Everett, all at top form.
    A London couple finds that a weekend at their country house has life-altering consequences. Unexpected plot twists keep the viewer engrossed, and leave one to ultimately ponder the harm and the good that can result from lies, and whether the motive for a lie makes a difference in its wrongness.

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