Ha-Sodot (The Secrets)
Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007)

Within the Orthodox Jewish Community, the attitudes toward females have remained virtually unchanged for 2,000 years. In this religious-themed drama, accomplished Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher explores the complications that arise when the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Koehler

Excessively overwrought and drawn out.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The passionate performances of Ms. Bukstein, Ms. Shtamler and Ms. Ardant lend The Secrets enough emotional solidity to prevent it from entirely dissolving in the suds.

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Prairie Miller

The Kabbalah meets the Kinsey Reports, in this Madonna style mystical erotic brew. And a somewhat biased male take on thwarted female desires, along with simmering same sex homoerotic religious expressive tendencies.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

One of the most remarkable movies of the year.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Each of the three primary directions of the movie might make a fascinating film, but tied together, they never cohere, and you find yourself sitting through two long hours wondering why you are doing so.

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Douglas Perry

Even with rote characterizations and an overheated lesbian subplot, this religion-steeped Israeli tale is entertaining, eye-opening, even cautiously sexy.

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Kristi Mitsuda
Village Voice

Although overlong by about 20 minutes, The Secrets mostly handles its subject matter with grace and charm; its heroine's proud defiance even mitigates a questionably celebratory conclusion.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The Secrets belongs in a mini-tradition of involving films that limn the border where spiritual and sexual awakenings collide and entwine.

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Frank Wilkins
Reel Reviews

Nesher's skillful hand as director and the convincing performances of the lead actresses allow both halves of the film to peacefully coexist without becoming overly schmaltzy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This Movie carries many names The Secrets, Ha-Sodot, Emeth,or Los secretos. Its one of the most outstanding movies I've seen this year. Follows the life of… More
Ina S
Touching, multi-faceted film with fantastic performances by amazingly impressive (and beautiful) actresses. Sometimes too many issues are cramped into one… More
Rubia Carolina
Søndagsengler (The Other Side of Sunday), but not that great. Lost and Delirious, but not that tragic. Love Sick (Legaturi bolnavicioase), but not that complex.… More
Walter M.
In "The Secrets," Naomi(Ania Bukstein) wants some time, following the death of her mother, to think, so she postpones her wedding to Michael(Guri… More