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The Secret (1974)

Le secret (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 9 October 1974 (France)
A stranger enters into and forever alters the life of a couple. He claims to be pursued by certain authorities who intend to prevent him from disclosing a secret that only he holds, whence ... See full summary »

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A stranger enters into and forever alters the life of a couple. He claims to be pursued by certain authorities who intend to prevent him from disclosing a secret that only he holds, whence the title. Is he lying, or insane - or is he telling the truth? Who, if anyone, is after him? And what *is* - the secret? Written by Michael R. Brown <michael@marymaclane.com>

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The Fugitive, under valium
16 February 2013 | by (Paris, Fr) – See all my reviews

I am amazed Le Secret only gets very good reviews here. I personally lost 94 minutes watching this, although I was already aware that Enrico was a mediocre director who happened to get fine scripts he could not really mess with.

The big failure in the secret is that it's definitely not a tense psychological thriller. Enrico has clearly no idea about how to create the appropriate atmosphere. David, the fugitive (Trintignant) doesn't really know what he wants to do, where he wants to go. That's already a bad start. Speaking of action, he happens to stay with Thomas and Julia (Noiret and Jobert): more passivity leading us further into a would-be story. To cap it all this passive fugitive with no inner will, no goal, is not presented as particularly ambiguous or manipulative. So much for the story.

Enrico doesn't direct, he just let the three leads perform their roles. Morricone's score hardly nears those de Roubaix composed for his friend Enrico, but well, this is far from an inspiring story.

Actually the opening credits sequence was very good, but right from the evasion there is simply no style or tension, nor whatever angle you are supposed to chose to tell a specific story. The last image is good too, but frankly, having some cheap political statement at the end of a bad overlong exposé is just painfully ridiculous.


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