A romantic comedy with a cross-cultural twist, The Secret Laughter of Women is set to hit a small screen near you on Friday, May 13 on Sony Channel (DStv channel 127).
The comedy simultaneously ticks all of the boxes for a girl’s night in, an intelligent comedy and that feel good factor.
Telling the story of beautiful, single mother Nimi (Nia Long), a Nigerian exile living in the South of France and her son Sammy, a world of conflicting cultures and ideas is immediately evident, whether trying to keep up with the increasing demands of the privacy-less Nigerian community, or simply trying to fit in at school.
Things become even more complicated with the arrival of Matthew (Colin Firth), a British ex-pat and comic book author who threatens the delicate balance of their lives.
Set in the beautiful backdrop of the south of France, The Secret Laughter of Women portrays a series of rich and vibrant cultures, both tangible and believable; from the small Nigerian community, the sumptuous French landscape and Firth’s blunt yet loveable British gent.
Under the directorship of Peter Schwabach it’s clear to see the importance of cultural identity within the film, as Nimi is not just choosing who she wants to spend her life with, but making her own choices about her own cultural identity. Integral to his presentation of converging lives is not only their realism, but the lack of prejudice in their portrayal.
The comedy stars, Colin Firth, Nia Long, Joke Silva, Ariyon Bakare, Oluwafisayo Roberts, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Dan Lett, Joy Elias Rilwan and Bella Enaharo.
Be sure to tune into The Secret Laughter of Women @ 8pm every Friday from 13 May on Sony Channel (DStv channel 127).