The Good Lie

The Good Lie

Philippe Falardeau (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Reese Witherspoon's presence as an indomitable Kansas City charity worker may be its main selling point, but the heart of this fact-based drama is the long journey taken by a group of refugees from the Sudanese civil war. Teenager Mamere (Arnold Oceng) and some friends from the same village endure trauma and privation as they walk on foot to the safety of Kenya, only to spend 13 years in a reception camp before a US foreign aid programme flies them to Middle America. Enter Witherspoon, engaging as ever, who's there to help them adjust, but has her work cut out with these new arrivals who think the telephone is some sort of alarm device. Much gentle comedy ensues at the expense of their naivety, but otherwise the tone is thoroughly warm-hearted, allowing kindness and community to salve the wounds of a bitter past. The overall effect is perhaps too airbrushed for complete credibility, but the film's generosity of spirit towards these courageous migrants ultimately proves infectious.


A group of children flee the destruction of their village during a civil war in Southern Sudan, and make a dangerous journey across the country. Years later, they finally arrive in America as adult refugees, and an employment agency counsellor tries to help them rebuild their shattered lives and make a new home for themselves. Drama, starring Reese Witherspoon and Arnold Oceng.

Cast & Crew

Carrie Davis Reese Witherspoon
Mamere Arnold Oceng
Jeremiah Ger Duany
Paul Emmanuel Jal
Jack Corey Stoll
Abital Kuoth Wiel
Theo Femi Oguns
Director Philippe Falardeau
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, drug abuse.Available on: DVDReleased on: 24 Apr 2015