Le secret (2000)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  February 2001 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 565 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 13 critic

Marie (Anne Coesens), who works as a successful door-to-door encyclopedia salesperson, has been married to her husband Francois (Michel Bompoil) for 12 years and has a two-year-old son. ... See full summary »


0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pingpong (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After his father's suicide, confused angsty 16 year old Paul goes to stay with his uncle's family. His uncle's wife is also unhappy with her life, so she and Paul have sex and only end up feeling even worse afterwards. Things get ugly.

Director: Matthias Luthardt
Stars: Sebastian Urzendowsky, Marion Mitterhammer, Clemens Berg
Gemini (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A domineering mother with a seemingly perfect family in Argentina is unaware of a taboo relationship happening with her youngest children.

Director: Albertina Carri
Stars: Cristina Banegas, Daniel Fanego, Maria Abadi
Dreng (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

18-year old Christian has just graduated from high school. At his summer job he is seduced by the 36-year old single mother Sanne. Soon he is drawn into a world of sensuality and his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Gantzler
Stars: Sebastian Jessen, Marie Louise Wille, Helle Merete Sørensen
Clémence (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young mother caught up in an uncontrolable spiral of passion after meeting a stranger abandons everything and leaves Paris. (French with English subtitles)

Director: Franck Buchter
Stars: Benjamin Bellecour, Caroline Bourg, Franck Buchter
Clément (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A boy in his early teens develops a crush on a grown woman old enough to be his mother only to discover she is also attracted to him. Marion (Emmanuelle Bercot) is a headstrong and ... See full summary »

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
Stars: Olivier Guéritée, Emmanuelle Bercot, Kevin Goffette
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Michel, a retired math teacher, has lived alone since his wife's death & occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he comes across Dora, a young ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Virginie Legeay, Claude Morel, Lise Bellynck
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An enigmatic Japanese woman, abandoned by her wealthy Chinese husband in a remote Pacific Northwest village, becomes entwined in the lives of two rugged locals.

Director: David Tamagi
Stars: Misa Shimizu, Brendan Fletcher, Sebastian Spence
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Malmö, Sweden during the Second World War. Stig is a 15 year old pupil on the verge of adulthood. Viola is 37 years old and his teacher. He is attracted by her beauty and maturity. She is ... See full summary »

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Johan Widerberg, Marika Lagercrantz, Tomas von Brömssen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Desire for a subject that functions like a brief fling with no future as such, yet embellished by that very fact. Because something fleeting and futureless is not necessarrily pathetic or ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Sarah Pratt, Gilles Guillain, Marc Filipi
Em 4 Jay (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a big city downtown we meet Emma and Jay, two young 20 something lovers buying drugs and then watch as they waste the rest of the day away, oblivious to everything around them. As always... See full summary »

Director: Alkinos Tsilimidos
Stars: Chloe Armstrong, Jonathan auf der Heide, Nick Barkla
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War, a young man comes of age sexually, through a string of relationships with a wide range of mature, older women.

Director: Manuel Lombardero
Stars: Juan Diego Botto, Miguel Ángel García, Faye Dunaway
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

It's summer break, so Toto (Altomaro) and Quique (Mora) can dream their life away by biking around their neighbourhood and spying on Quique's maid, Chabelita (Aguirre). When Toto's young ... See full summary »

Director: Marisa Sistach
Stars: Martín Altomaro, Leticia Perdigón, Socorro Bonilla


Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Bompoil ...
Quentin Rossi ...
Jacqueline Jehanneuf ...
Marie's mother
Aladin Reibel ...
Valérie Vogt ...
Frédéric Sauzay ...
Natalya Ermilova ...
Charlotte Pradon ...
Jeanne Cellard ...
Yanitz Grunhard ...
Chantal Lambrechts ...
Marie's colleague
Christian Bobet ...
Paul Ielkin ...
Idiot boy


Marie (Anne Coesens), who works as a successful door-to-door encyclopedia salesperson, has been married to her husband Francois (Michel Bompoil) for 12 years and has a two-year-old son. Though she is relatively content with her life, she feels something is wanting. Enter 50-year old African-American Bill (Tony Todd of Candyman fame). Initially she is annoyed by his insouciance, but she finds that she is irresistibly attracted to him. Soon the two are in the midst of sordid illicit affair. She knows little about her new lover, and he seems uninterested in learning about her, but the long sessions of lovemaking are something else entirely. Feeling out of control, Marie is increasingly repelled by her own actions. Psychologically, she struggles to reconcile her torrid encounters with Bill and mundane domestic chores such as bathing her son. Moreover, she finds herself incapable of hiding her adulterous behavior, rather she comes home with scratches and hickeys all over her body, to the ... Written by lament

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance


See all certifications »


Official Sites:




Release Date:

February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Secret  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Performed by Mercury Rev
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great acting but some improbable situations
8 September 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's a common theme where an ex-marital affair almost destroys a seemingly happy family. Under the pretence of a heavy workload promoting the sale of a "World Encyclopaedia". Marie makes repeated visits to Bill a dance director who formerly had his own Dance Theatre in America. He is big and strong and dominant and black. On her second visit after a whiskey or two she disrobes while he is answering a telephone call in an upstairs room. Imagine his surprise when he returns. She virtually offers herself to him. I cannot believe what I am watching. No subtlety at all. It seems a most improbable situation. Just a wisp of a woman and a mountain of flesh!

Apparently Marie finds excitement in their continuing sexual encounters (although she shows very little emotion) and is constantly knocking on his door for more. He is happy to be of service. His sexual acts become increasingly wild and violent and love bites on her neck finally give her little game away.

The acting throughout is truly professional, even their baby boy is great and lovable. The script is questionable at times. The ending in the swimming pool is utterly ridiculous. I guess the script writers are trying to tell us something...they are giving us a symbolic gesture of cleansing...a washing away of past sins...and a promise of a new beginning.

7 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
a Question about the movie run time - anyone know please help?? blue99
This movie is so bad!!! temp8
i loved the movie bondgirl_2170
Discuss Le secret (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: