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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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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

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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

Nene: Why are you not married?
Nimi Da Silva: If it matters so much to you, you find me a husband.
Nene: What kind of husband? Foolish antelope?
Nimi Da Silva: Honest enough to take on Sammy and me. And brave enough to know the truth. And if he's romantic as well, I'll marry him tomorrow.
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I really enjoyed this film!!!!
30 January 2005 | by spw143See all my reviews

I love Nia Long...and love Collin Firth. So I was very happy to see that they were in a movie together. Overall I thought the concept was good and the little boy very endearing.

I thought the movie was choppy at times but I think that was primarily due to poor editing...but the acting was solid and believable. The chemistry between the two main characters was understated but passionate.

I liked the differing cultures at work, the locale was so Belle and the colors were so vibrant from the Nigeran dress I only wished that this film was released here in the states...I had to get a poor copy from Ebay!


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