Un Secret (A Secret)
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Un Secret (A Secret)
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 a sickly young child, François (Valentin Vigourt) instinctively knew that he was a disappointment to his champion swimmer mother, Tania (Cécile De France), and gymnast father, Maxime (Patrick Bruel). While François does find some amount of solace in his friendship with kindly masseuse Louise (Julie Depardieu), his discovery of a strange toy in the attic… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"A fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"It is a deeply moving and heartfelt story that makes an indelible impression on the viewers' hearts and minds."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"Avoiding histrionics and overstatement, Un Secret reveals a story about a family's past suffering that may not be unique, but in this telling is quietly powerful."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Beautifully and poignantly captures the complexities of being a Jew in France from the 1930's to the present, where layers of a family's history are revealed by jumping back and forth in time."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The soapy climax is unnecessary."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
"Miller's lyrical use of fleshy details, such as the way de France's black bathing suit clings to her proud body, brings his movie a tactile humanity."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"A blue-chip cast and handsome stagings do little to prevent this French movie being a muddled, pretentious washout. Substantial re-editing might have helped."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"A Secret is a showcase for great acting."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The acting is exceptional. If parts of A Secret veer toward soap opera, the ensemble work reduces the suds to a minimum."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Miller and his excellent cast create characters whom we can understand and even empathize with, even as they commit horrible breaches of faith."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Given its crackerjack performances and fine evocation of period, Miller's film has already been a popular offering in Paris and should not long remain a secret from sophisticated moviegoers when it opens in the States."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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