Here’s a clip from another Mike Leigh film, Secrets and Lies. Again, it was difficult to choose which scene to post here, but I think this one is pretty poignant. In case you have not seen the movie, here’s a brief setup:
The young woman’s adoptive parents passed away and she had recently become curious about her birth mother. After some brief counseling and lots of paperwork, she identifies the woman who gave birth to her some thirty years prior. She finally works up the courage to call Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn) and they agree to meet in a diner. Cynthia sees that the woman claiming to be her daughter is black and assumes it’s all a bad mistake.
You can take it from there. Watch this clip at least up to the 1:06 mark. And give that woman an Oscar!