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October 21, 2005

SEPARATE LIES

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comTom Wilkinson and Emily Watson are impeccable as a wealthy British couple whose failing marriage spirals out-of-control when a hit-and-run accident leaves a bicyclist dead on a country road in this beguiling drama.

Screenwriter Julian Fellows ("Gosford Park") makes an impressive directorial debut with this adaptation of Nigel Balchin's novel "A Way Through The Wood."

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A web of lies connect James Manning (Wilkinson) and his wife Anne (Watson) to their ever-blasé neighbor Bill Bule (Rupert Everett).

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Manning is forced to continually lower his strongly-held morals when facts to the terrible crime begin to emerge.

"Separate Lies" is a hearty mystery/drama that blooms as a succinct social critique of British aristocracy.      

Rated R. 87 mins.

3 Stars

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