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not_XNOT
since_CS
attending_VBG
an_DT
ingmar_NN
bergman_NN
retrospective_JJ
a_DT
few_DT
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a_DT
film_NN
as_IN
uncompromising_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
portrayal_NN
of_IN
emotional_JJ
truth_NN
as_IN
secrets_NNS
&_???
lies_NNS
._.
like_IN
bergman_NN
,_,
director_NN
mike_NP
leigh_NP
is_BEZ
interested_JJ
in_IN
probing_JJ
his_PP$
characters_NNS
'_"
inner_JJ
depths_NNS
through_IN
hypernaturally_RB
blunt_JJ
confrontations_NNS
._.
also_RB
like_IN
bergman_NN
,_,
leigh_NP
engages_VBZ
in_IN
frequent_JJ
closeups_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
characters_NNS
'_"
ravished_VBD
and_CC
wracked_VBN
faces_NNS
._.
and_CC
the_DT
prominent_JJ
mournfulness_NN
of_IN
a_DT
cello_NN
on_IN
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
recalls_VBZ
bergman_NN
's_POS
own_DT
use_NN
of_IN
a_DT
bach_NP
cello_NN
suite_NN
in_IN
an_DT
earlier_RBR
film_NN
._.
all_PDT
that_DT
is_BEZ
missing_JJ
is_BEZ
a_DT
discussion_NN
of_IN
god_NP
._.
which_WDT
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
to_TO
say_VB
that_DT
secrets_NNS
&_???
lies_NNS
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
more_RBR
than_CS
an_DT
homage_NN
to_IN
the_DT
swedish_JJ
master_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
quite_RB
possible_JJ
leigh_NP
had_HVD
no_DT
such_DT
intentions_NNS
in_IN
mind_NN
._.
nonetheless_RB
,_,
what_WDT
we_PP
get_VB
is_BEZ
so_RB
far_RB
removed_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
average_JJ
moviegoing_NN
experience_NN
--_???
even_RB
from_IN
the_DT
reason_NN
we_PP
go_VB
to_TO
the_DT
movies_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
place_NN
--_???
that_RB
it_NN
takes_VBZ
some_DT
effort_NN
to_IN
adjust_VB
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
rhythms_NNS
._.
once_RB
the_DT
adjustment_NN
is_BEZ
made_VBN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
there_EX
are_BER
great_JJ
rewards_NNS
._.
one_CD
such_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
chance_NN
to_IN
see_VB
life_NN
on_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
as_IN
it_PP
really_RB
is_BEZ
._.
though_CS
leigh_NP
may_MD
have_HV
adopted_VBN
some_DT
of_IN
bergman_NN
's_POS
stylistic_JJ
touches_NNS
,_,
most_DT
obviously_RB
in_IN
an_DT
early_JJ
scene_NN
of_IN
terse_JJ
cross-cutting_NN
during_IN
a_DT
married_JJ
couple_NN
's_POS
strained_JJ
conversation_NN
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
in_IN
that_DT
somewhat_RB
obtrusive_JJ
score_NN
,_,
the_DT
overall_JJ
feeling_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
eschews_VBZ
any_DT
"_"
style_NN
"_"
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
whereas_CS
bergman_NN
uses_VBZ
artifice_NN
as_IN
a_DT
tool_NN
to_IN
expose_VB
reality_NN
,_,
leigh_NP
makes_VBZ
the_DT
camera_NN
a_DT
mere_JJ
observer_NN
,_,
almost_RB
as_CS
in_IN
a_DT
pbs_???
documentary_NN
._.
the_DT
effect_NN
of_IN
this_DT
is_BEZ
to_TO
focus_VB
all_PDT
of_IN
your_PP$
attention_NN
on_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
tribute_NN
to_IN
everyone_PN
involved_JJ
that_RB
,_,
despite_IN
such_DT
scrutiny_NN
,_,
only_RB
infrequently_RB
are_BER
we_PP
aware_JJ
that_CS
anyone_PN
*_???
is_BEZ
*_???
acting_JJ
._.
much_DT
has_HVZ
been_BEN
made_VBN
of_IN
brenda_NP
blethyn_NP
's_POS
performance_NN
,_,
and_CC
rightly_RB
so_RB
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
only_RB
when_CS
you_PP
remind_VB
yourself_PPX
that_CS
you_PP
are_BER
watching_VBG
a_DT
fiction_NN
that_CS
you_PP
realize_VB
how_WRB
good_JJ
she_PP
is_BEZ
._.
there_RB
are_BER
a_DT
few_DT
missteps_NNS
._.
for_IN
one_CD
,_,
except_CS
for_IN
one_CD
scene_NN
(_(
tragicomic_JJ
,_,
as_CS
it_PP
happens_VBZ
)_)
,_,
there_EX
is_BEZ
scant_JJ
humor_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
this_DT
leads_VBZ
to_IN
a_DT
certain_JJ
monotonous_JJ
tone_NN
throughout_IN
._.
and_CC
occasionally_RB
(_(
as_CS
with_IN
bergman_NN
)_)
the_DT
bluntness_NN
of_IN
the_DT
situations_NNS
can_MD
seem_VB
forced_JJ
._.
for_IN
all_PDT
that_DT
,_,
this_DT
longish_JJ
film_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
keep_NN
hold_NN
of_IN
your_PP$
attention_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
unfortunate_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
audience_NN
for_IN
secrets_NNS
&_???
lies_NNS
will_VB
most_DT
likely_JJ
be_BE
limited_JJ
to_TO
an_DT
intellectual_JJ
elite_NN
,_,
for_IN
there_RB
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
inherently_RB
intellectual_JJ
about_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
it_PP
might_MD
easily_RB
resonate_VB
more_DT
strongly_RB
for_IN
millions_NNS
of_IN
working_VBG
class_NN
filmgoers_NNS
who_WP
will_MD
likely_RB
never_RB
see_VB
it_PP
._.
there_RB
is_BEZ
even_RB
a_DT
sweet_JJ
but_CC
significant_JJ
irony_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
unspoken_JJ
take_VB
on_IN
race_NN
relations_NNS
,_,
something_PN
an_DT
american_JJ
audience_NN
at_IN
least_DT
would_MD
do_DO
well_RB
to_IN
observe_VB
._.
nonetheless_RB
,_,
secrets_NNS
&_???
lies_NNS
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
for_IN
the_DT
faint_JJ
of_IN
heart_NN
._.
though_CS
there_EX
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
physically_RB
horrific_JJ
to_IN
make_NN
one_CD
squeamish_JJ
,_,
the_DT
exploration_NN
of_IN
common_JJ
human_JJ
frailty_NN
can_MD
be_BE
so_RB
raw_JJ
and_CC
unsparing_VBG
that_DT
it_PP
is_BEZ
tempting_JJ
to_TO
turn_VB
from_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
needless_JJ
to_IN
say_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
also_RB
very_RB
depressing_JJ
at_IN
times_NNS
._.
but_CC
for_IN
many_DT
of_IN
us_PP
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
so_RB
is_BEZ
life_NN
._.
and_CC
though_CS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
too_RB
honest_JJ
to_IN
tack_VB
on_IN
a_DT
phony_NN
happy_JJ
ending_NN
,_,
that_CS
same_DT
honesty_NN
allows_VBZ
it_PP
to_TO
admit_VB
that_DT
things_NNS
can_MD
also_RB
get_VB
better_JJR
._.
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