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Promises and Lies [DVD]

Mike Horner , Kia    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mike Horner, Kia, Rachel Love, Alex Metro, Brittany O'Connell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odyssey
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CGCYS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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based on a true story. was their family more than a sham?? starring kia, john terry

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - brilliantly acted and well-paced 18 Oct 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this movie with some trepidation because I had not heard of any of the actors before but I needn't have worried ... what a great movie. Jean Smart plays Elaine Marshall, a medical centre worker who on the surface has everything, an idyllic life with her loving husband and two children but under the surface all is not as it seems.
Her husband is gay and has battled his feelings for years. One day he leaves work early and only by accident she finds out where he is when she checks his work diary for that day and one of the entries mentions the name of a motel and a room number. Well, she begins to think he might be having an affair with another woman and she goes to the motel and knocks on the door only to be confronted by her husband Joe and his gay lover. She is distraught and so the film unfolds.
It is brilliantly told and never succumbs to melodrama or sickliness, what you have is how one woman comes to terms with her life, her marriage and her hopes and fears for the future. There are no victims in any of this, just people who happen to be in a situation that could happen to any of us. The film touches on grief, loss, separation but it is all underpinned with great love and humour and the end result is an acceptance of how things are, rather than how we might hope them to be.
I was in awe of all the acting on display in this film but particularly the strength of the two main characters, Joe and Elaine Marshall played masterfully by Jean Marsh and John Terry. I enjoyed it so much that I watched it again straight away. It is well-paced and most of all it's believable. It's one of the few films where the gay character isn't played as some kind of pathetic figure but instead as someone who is comfortable in who he is and where he wants to go. This film comes highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The terrible toll of a "Brokeback" marriage. 25 Oct 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film has a made-for-TV feel to it, but don't let that put you off. The acting from Jean Smart, and John Terry (of "Full Metal Jacket" fame)is top rate. The production values are also very good, so this is no bargain-bin type film by any means. The film starts off showing what people might assume is the 'perfect' American family, and quickly moves along to the wife discovering that her husband is gay, and having an affair with another man. The film avoids getting too sentimental, and does not hold back from showing the huge pain and anger that follows, for the wife and two teenage children. This topic is handled in a sensitive manner, and considering that there are an estimated 1 million "Brokeback" marriages in the USA alone, important that a film has been made about this. It is easy to feel incredible sympathy for the wife as her life is so dramatically altered. The film makes no attempt to excuse anything,or take sides,or preach. Powerfully made, an excellent film.
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