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The Secret Laughter of Women (1999)

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... See full summary »

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Peter Schwabach
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Matthew Field
Nia Long ... Nimi Da Silva
Dan Lett ... John
Joke Silva Joke Silva ... Nene
Ariyon Bakare ... Rev. Fola
Joy Elias-Rilwan ... Mama Fola
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... Dr. Ade
Bella Enahoro Bella Enahoro ... Madame Rosa
Fizzy Roberts Fizzy Roberts ... Sammy
Rakie Ayola ... Talking Drum
Caroline Goodall ... Jenny Field
Ellen Thomas ... Bitter Leaf
Thomas Baptiste ... Papa Fola
Willie Jonah Willie Jonah ... Old uncle
Ho Yi Ho Yi ... Chen
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Optimum Releasing

Country:

UK | Canada | Nigeria

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Секретный женский смех See more »

Filming Locations:

Ealing, London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Nimi Da Silva: I've read your books. Saracen always "banging" and "screwing" and "nailing." That's not sex. That's carpentry.
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Fascinating.
31 December 1999 | by efuaSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie twice already and am very impressed with it.

The conversations between Nimi and her mother plus Nimi and Matthew are very touching. The Nigerian community is shown very truthfully and as colourfully as it usually is.

Although certain things could have done with a bit more explanation; if we knew why Matthew was in the South of France in the first place, the scenes following Matthew being found in his car would be more understandable.

Luckily, Optimum Releasing have a website that has detailed production notes that help to make such scenes better to understand.

I would go and see it again but unfortunately it had a limited release in London and is not longer available to see. I hope the video release gets it to a bigger audience because the film deserves it.


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