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When the truth becomes unbearable, people start lying - to each other and themselves. For Sarah and Bob it was love at first sight. She was a German music student and he was an American tourist. Now, years later, the picture-perfect marriage has itself become a lie - despite the white clapboard house in the New England countryside and two wonderful children. Sarah is lonely, but, in denial, she struggles desperately to keep it all together. Bob, basically a loving husband, starts to unravel. When they both begin affairs, their marriage reaches the point of no return.

Out of the blue, Sarah is called to her mother's deathbed in Munich. Bob accuses her of trying to kidnap the kids and refuses to let them go. Upon her return, airport immigration authorities inform Sarah that Bob has filed for divorce, that she either sign away custody of the kids or be deported to Germany on the next plane and face an extended battle for the right to reside in the U.S. She signs the papers, returns to an empty house and tries to rectify a situation in which everyone is suffering, the children most of all. Betty, Sarah's loyal friend, does all she can to lower the level of hostility, help Sarah beat the odds and get a new life.

PRIVATE LIES is the tender yet compelling story of a woman's struggle to prevail over the injustice, pain, and animosity of a marriage gone wrong.
Category Feature
Director Sherry Hormann
Screenplay Gabriela Sperl
Cinematography Ken Kelsch
David Gulick
Mason Daring
Cast Sarah Fischer, Vyto Ruginis, John Corbett, Marianne Sägebrecht, Martina Gedeck, David Mokriski
Producer Otto Grokenberger
Production Company TV60 Film/Munich, in co-production with WDR, NDR/Hamburg, BR, ORF/Vienna, SRF/Zurich
Runtime 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo

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