Keeping Mum

"Some family secrets are best kept...buried."
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Gloria, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, is a house wife who has found that life is not as exciting as it once was. Her husband is the village’s vicar. Reverend Walter Goodfellow, played by Rowan Atkinson, is preoccupied by his job, an upcoming conference where he will make a big speech, and his algae covered pond. He has not noticed that his daughter has become sexually active and defies her mother any chance she can. His son is bullied at school and has no confidence. He needs a dad to show him some interest. His wife is bored and wanting of affection which the vicar is not providing.

While taking golf lessons, Gloria finds Lance, played by Patrick Swayze. He is willing to give her the affection she desires. Gloria is troubled with the thought of wanting to have an affair, her kids giving her a hard time, lack of sleep due to a barking dog and a husband who is too busy for her. Gloria becomes too depressed to handle all the duties of the house. She decides to take in a live in house keeper.

Grace, played by Maggie Smith, appears with Gloria’s son and has shown him some attention. Gloria decides that Grace would be a perfect house keeper. Grace appears to be sent from heaven. Life starts to get better after Grace starts to work for the Goodfellows. The Goodfellow’s problems seem to be disappearing suddenly. It turns out that Grace has untraditional methods in dealing with the family’s problems. Gloria and her daughter discover Grace’s secrets while watching the news about a woman who left the mental ward after serving over 40 years for killing her husband and his mistress. The picture of the woman resembles Grace. They are not sure how to take the news that Grace tells them. The village of Little Wallop will never be the same.

| 2005 | 1 hr 43 min | 6.8/10 | 53/100
Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze
Niall Johnson
Produced By
Julia Palau, Matthew Payne
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