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Secret Defense (1998)

Secret défense (original title)
Sylvie, a 30-year-old scientist, has to dig deeper and deeper into her own background.

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Sylvie
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Walser
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Paul
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Véronique / Ludivine
Françoise Fabian ...
Geneviève
Christine Vouilloz ...
Myriam
Mark Saporta ...
Jules
Sara Louis ...
Carole
Hermine Karagheuz ...
L'infirmière
Bernadette Giraud ...
Marthe
Micheline Herzog ...
Sabine
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Patrick Le Bouar ...
Robert
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A young biologist (Sylvie) is thrown into confusion when her brother (Paul) tries to persuade her that their father, who fell off a train five years ago, was actually killed by his right hand man (Walser). Walser now runs their father's company. Sylvie is not convinced, but Paul has decided to have his revenge. Written by Thierry Rubis <thb@Yours.com>

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Diferencias sobre las Vacas
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Performed by Hespèrion Xx (as Hesperion XX)
Conducted by Jordi Savall
(P) Auvidis-France
extrait de "El cancionero de Medinaceli"
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"A rhythmic and distinguished thriller..."
8 December 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Former French New Wave director and writer Jacques Rivette's seventeenth feature film, written by himself, his frequent collaborator Pascal Bonitzer and Emmanuelle Cuau, tells the story of medical researcher Sylvie who becomes alarmingly unsettled when her younger brother Paul claims that he can prove that their deceased father was actually killed by his closest colleague named Walser. Puzzled by her brothers questionable discovery she sets out on a private investigation that leads her into a personal odyssey.

Precisely directed and brilliantly structured, this subtle and character-driven neo-noir from one of the greatest auteur filmmakers in cinema history is a rhythmic and distinguished thriller about a woman who has to go on a deep voyage into her own past in order to learn the truth about her family. The long runtime which is a Jacques Rivette hallmark, the efficient editing, the quick-witted dialogue and William Lubtchansky's atmospheric photography, increases the mystery in this late 1990s small masterpiece which has aspects of drama and theatre, a prominent performance from Sandrine Bonnaire as the female protagonist and a harmonic score. The love for cinema shines in so many of Jacques Rivette's films, and this is no exception.


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