Secret Smile

Synopsis: Charming Brendan Block dates Miranda Cotton and gets seriously committed. But she dumps him, claiming he invaded her privacy. A few weeks later, Brendan gets engaged to Miranda's sister and is welcomed as ideal son-in-law by everyone else. From then on, nasty things keep happening to her loved-ones.
Director(s): Christopher Menaul
  2 nominations.
180 min

A little something that might help

you in your current employ.

- Hey, Miranda.

- Hi. Happy birthday, David.

- How are you?

- Really well. Got loads of presents.

Er... champagne. I'll definitely fall over now!

Thank you very much.

So, what do you say? Come on.

Yeah. Come on. Let's go this way.

The last time I did this, I was nine.

- Really?

- Yeah.

And it was a pretty good birthday.

And I didn't cry...

- Oooh!

- Oh, are you OK?

No, no.



Are you a friend of David's?

No, I hardly know him.

What about you?

I've known him for a while.

How well do you know him?

Oh, erm... no, we're just friends.

Oh, OK. Good. Glad to hear it.

Cos... you're not right for him.

Oh, really? And how do you know?

I can just tell.

I think you need someone...


Erm... l'm just gonna myself get a drink.

Where's the bedroom?

Bloody boots off!

- Oh, Jesus!

- That was erm...

- It was, yeah!

Maybe you should erm... just go now.

You know, just walk out the door,

and I don't even get to know your name.

Maybe I should.

On the other hand...

- Good morning.

- Morning.

I've never done that before.


Taken a complete stranger home with me.


Well... l'm glad you experimented with me.

Erm... how long have you lived here?

Oh, I know. Long enough to put up shelves.

- I've got to get to work.

- Yeah, I've got to head off, too.

- What's your name, by the way?

Brendan. Brendan Block.

Pleased to meet you.

- Morning, guvnor.

- Morning.

Make 'em look the same all the way along.

- Yes, OK, but...

- There's Nick, look.


- It's looking good.

- You could get another room in here.

- Oi! No, he won't.

- No, I like what she's done.

Thank you.

Did you get the plans for the kitchen layout?

- Yep.

- And the specifications for the floor?


- Are we still on budget?

- Of course.

I bet you've been on the phone to David,

checking up on me.

I might have given him a quick call.

Brendan Block. 30.

An entrepreneur.

Well, I set up a dotcom business

with a mate from university.

- Really?

- Mm. Flogged it recently.



Chicken a la olive oil.

From the Miranda Cotton book

of very fast food.

- That looks great, Mirrie.

- Thanks.

- So, you're 30 as well?

- Mmm.

Erm... an architect.

Er... you know David through

your friend Laura.

You've got one brother, one sister.

You got more out of him than I did.

Well, he's a bit pissed off with me,

but all's fair in love and war.

You're single at the moment...

because nobody's been good enough for you

That's one way of putting it.

Relationships are a leap of faith.

Don't you think?

Suppose so, yeah

Maybe it's time you jumped.

Do me a favour!

They're not real, are they?

Look at the size of them.

In your dreams.

God, Troy, don't do that!

- You're putting on make-up!

- Why aren't you at school?

Study day. Hey, I bought lunch.

I got some crisps. I couldn't remember

which sort you like, so I got quite a lot.

And then I got some healthy stuff,

but I got quite a bit of it, because...

I'm so sorry, but I'm going out.

- What, for lunch?

- Yeah.

Oh. OK. Well, I'll take it back. Do you think

they'll let me? I haven't got the receipt.

Well, don't worry.

Take it home and have it later.

Shit! I had it. Maybe I dropped it on

the floor on the way over. I'm so crap.

Is any of that going spare?

Cos I'm bloody starving.

- Yeah!

- Come and eat with us, then.

- You don't mind, boys, do you?

- No, it's fine, mate.

- What have you got there?

- Loads of stuff.

- Cakes and some biscuits.

- Dig in, boys.

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