First, the story falls flat. I found it hard to watch a man put up with so much crap from his wife. For 86 minutes, he stood by while his wife cheated on him repeatedly and lied to him. The entire film I was hoping he was finally going to kick his wife out of the house, move in with his secretary and buy a sports car, but he never did. He had this undying love for her, but since the movie never took the time to build that up, we have no reason to like her. We as an audience had no cause to root for them to make it. If anything, we had plenty of reason to root against them. In the history of film, Iíve never seen a man as week as the main character of SEPARATE LIES. There was even a scene where is wife and lover asked him to leave so they could have sexÖand he did.
Although thatís a problem, itís not the only one. The characters are shallow, deceitful people that deserve worse than what they got. It was also one of the most anti-climatic movies Iíve seen in recent memory. It went nowhere. Youíll probably find yourself waiting for an UNFAITHFUL type ending, but you wonít get it. You wonít even come close. Iím not spoiling anything for you, because thereís nothing to spoil.
I understand Nigel Fellowes was trying to portray the agony a husband feels when his wife stops loving him. I just donít feel he was successful in telling his story. By the end of the film, I hated the wife and couldnít respect the husband.
There is also a Theatrical Trailer.