Carlos Valladares’s review published on Letterboxd:
If you're in the New Haven, Connecticut area THIS SATURDAY (September 24), come out for a very special presentation of Mike Leigh's newly restored SECRETS AND LIES (1996), selected by me as part of Films at the Whitney.
The winner of the top prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, this devastating melodrama from acclaimed British director Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Topsy-Turvy) will be presented in a new 4K digital restoration courtesy Janus Films. With both her adoptive parents now dead, a Black optometrist (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) decides to make contact with her birth mother (Brenda Blethyn, winner of the Best Actress Award at Cannes), only to find out that she is white. Thus begins the gradual disintegration of a family: as the secrets that they have kept for decades slowly start to unravel, they realize that they have little common ground, less to say to each other, and no possibility of reconciliation. Features some of the most gripping, powerful performances ever captured on film.
Doors open at 12.30pm. Film at 1pm. Free and open to the public. 320 York Street, the Alice Cinema, HQ 101.
More about the full list of films as part of the SISTER, SISTER season, curated by yours truly, here: mobile.twitter.com/cvalladares0896/status/1567927185645752320