1996 drama set in London and directed by Mike Leigh. Following the death of her mum, young optician Hortense Cumberbatch decides to seek out her birth mother, who she is surprised to discover is white
. Elsewhere, factory worker Cynthia Purley lives her sulky 20-year-old daughter, Roxanne, and has a fraught relationship with her younger brother Maurice, who runs his own photography business, and his wife Monica. Cynthia then gets a phone call from Hortense, who tells her that she is the daughter she gave up for adoption as a teenager.
Things come to a head when Cynthia invites Hortense to Roxanne's 21st birthday party at Maurice and Monica's, suggesting that she pose as a friend from work.
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