Un Secret (A Secret)
Un Secret (A Secret) (2008)

Informed that his elderly father has mysteriously disappeared, anxious Parisian François (Mathieu Amalric) recalls his tragic family history in director Claude Miller's adaptation of the fact-based novel by author Philippe Grimbert. As… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 10, 2009
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80%
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63%


Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Secret is poignant, sad, and beautifully crafted, featuring fine performances that stave off a drift toward soap opera territory.

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

The title of this movie suggests the difficulty in writing about it. You can't reveal a secret without spoiling it, and in this intriguing, complex family drama spread out over several time frames covering half a century, the secrets keep on coming

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Suitably tense, sad, and deeply poignant.

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Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

It is a deeply moving and heartfelt story that makes an indelible impression on the viewers' hearts and minds.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home.

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

A fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade.

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Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

In Un Secret, French filmmaker Claude Miller expertly weaves together a family history, merging the personal and political, the celebratory and the tragic, while incorporating three distinct time periods.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A Secret is a showcase for great acting.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The soapy climax is unnecessary.

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Stan Hall
Oregonian

Sagnier beautifully plays the most crucial moment. She's part of a fine ensemble cast that somewhat obscures the heavy-handed symbolism and punch-pulling finale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Nothing extraordinary or a secret that most can't see coming, yet I liked it. Maybe because besides being based on real events, the execution too was good… More
Cinema Films
Est-il juste parce qu'il est Francais? Based on a true story, Un Secret sees post-war France through the eyes of pre-teen Francois, an only child of two… More
Cynthia S.
A rather slow moving, nice French film about the holocaust, and its effects on an entire family. The movie is rather tedious, even as it portrays deep passions,… More
Doctor Strangeblog
A scrawny boy grows up in the shadow of what he believes was an older, more talented son he never knew. This history is a closely guarded secret until he is a… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "A Secret," it is 1955 and Francois(Valentin Vigourt) is a bookish seven-year old boy who comes as something as a… More
C.R. Lopez
There?s a moment in ?A Secret,? Claude Miller?s absorbing adaptation of the autobiographical Philippe Grimberg novel, when a French Jew, operating with a false… More