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Choses secrètes (2002)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 October 2002 (France)
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coralie Revel ...
Roger Miremont ...
Delacroix (as Roger Mirmont)
Blandine Bury ...
Olivier Soler ...
Viviane Théophildès ...
Mme. Mercier
Dorothée Picard ...
Delacroix's Mother
Pierre Gabaston ...
Bar Patron
Sandrine's Mother (as Lisa Hérédia)
Arnaud Goujon ...
Personnel Manager
Liès Kidji ...
The Young Thief
Patricia Candido Trinca ...
Office Employee
Lydia Chopart ...
Office Employee
Michaël Couvreur ...
Office Employee


Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their advantage, and pleasure. Both find positions in the office of a large bank, where bored, under-stimulated, prey are easy pickings. After making their way though several layers of executives at the bank, with destructive, and lucrative, results, they approach Christophe, scion to the bank director. What they don't know is that Christophe is a manipulative voyeur, whose last two lovers set themselves on fire when he rejected them. A connoisseur of high-class orgies, Christophe is only interested in new talent to satisfy the appetites of all whom he controls. In Christophe, the girls have found an opponent who knows all their wiles, and will challenge their simple under-class friendship with levels of jealousy and ecstasy that they have never experienced before. Will they survive? Written by DarkStarZumaBeachSurfinApolcalypseWow

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The delectably twisted fable centers on two penniless but shapely young women who set out to better their social station by manipulating men.


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Release Date:

16 October 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Coisas Secretas  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,421, 4 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,533, 11 July 2004
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1.33 : 1
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#01, with "Ten") See more »


The end of the movie is supposed to take place after Nathalie is released from prison, several years after the main plot takes place. Yet the movies advertised on the advertisement pillar in the background (See Spot Run, Town & Country) were released in France around the same weeks as the movies referenced in the main plot's time frame (Sleepwalker etc.). See more »


Sandrine: What do you feel dancing naked with all those people watching?
Nathalie: Nothing.
Sandrine: But you excite them.
Nathalie: Usually it's routine.
Sandrine: Usually?
Nathalie: On stage once, I came the hardest I ever had.
Sandrine: Even with a guy?
Nathalie: That night I came the hardest I ever had.
Sandrine: Why?
Nathalie: Because people were watching.
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References Town & Country (2001) See more »


Written by Zipoli
Performed by Orchestre de chmabre Jean-François Paillard
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sex as a means to an end
23 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Two women who work at a bar decide to use sex to get what they want from life. While they become very successful, things also end up taking a turn or two that they didn't expect. I liked this very adult movie very much. This is a very sexy movie with some very likable women as the leads. The prospect of using sex as a means to an end is of course a way of life for many people, both male and female, and here we see it in action. Watching it I was surprised by how the film didn't go in the directions I thought it would and was pleased that it wasn't this dark noirish tale that cover art seemed to imply.Actually as I was watching the film I was struck by how much this film reminded me of Exterminating Angels, another off beat, but in a good way, French film about a director trying to get the right women to perform sexually for a film he was doing. When I checked IMDb after watching Secret Things I found that the director for both films was the same and that the process of making Secret Things was the inspiration for Exterminating Angels. I can't wait to have a double feature. A great deal of nudity and sexual activity, so keep this away from the kids. Recommended.

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