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The Secret Laughter of Women 1998

3.1 out of 5 stars (43) IMDb 6.3/10

A beautiful young single mother feels the pressure from the ex-pat Nigerian community to get married. Her precocious son has met his hero, a cynical English comic book writer and decides he is a match for his mum. The fall for each other but their love is tested by resistance from the community.

Starring:
Colin Firth, Nia Long, Caroline Goodall
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Peter Schwabach
Starring Colin Firth, Nia Long, Caroline Goodall, Dan Lett
Supporting actors Joke Silva
Studio Content Film
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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The story was an adult romance. We did not have to watch them having sex, or eating each others face off!!!
The acting was great (usually English movies have better actors then the U.S. A.)
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Hats off to Colin Firth and Nia Long for their performances in this hidden jewel! I adore this movie because it gives us rare insight into a culture that you'd be hard pressed to find in Hollywood filmmaking. The script is exceptional; the cinematography is flawless and the characters are beguiling. The young actor that plays Sammi is absolutely beautiful.
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Even though it was not the best story, I really liked this film. I would have wanted more background of this exile Nigerian community in southern France, I found that fascinating. The characters were a bit complex and the relationships lacked depth, however I was totally swept away by the most captivating colourful surroundings and fabrics. It's a treat for the eye. Nia Long was stunning as well.
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By Egenti on 29 Oct. 2011
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I adore Colin Firth so it pains me to caution against buying this DVD, but this is not due to his performance because he was brilliant as always. But even he could not save this film. The script was a mess and the cliche-ridden director of the piece kept dunking it in an awfully gluey-mess of patronizing contradictions. This must be Firth's only collaborative disappointment in Film.
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i'ts very funny and it's good family viewing and it was enjoyable to watch and t the clothes of Nia Long and her family were beautiful to see Elizabeth
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Colin Firth is as English (and inexpressive ) as normal. The film is really about the relationships and attitudes of the family of a black family to life and marriage in particular. It has a few funny moments but I wouldn't bother watching it again.
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I would recommend this to Colin Firth fans, unusual story, good acting, easy to watch, loved the characters Mark, Nime and Sammy.
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I loved this movie. I played it twice the same day that I received it. The scenery is beautiful. The acting is great, and the chemistry between the main characters is excellent; and little Sammy is adorable. I highly recommend it.
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