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Secret Things (2002)
"Choses secrètes" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  16 October 2002 (France)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Coralie Revel ...
Nathalie
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Sandrine
Roger Miremont ...
Delacroix (as Roger Mirmont)
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Christophe
Blandine Bury ...
Charlotte
Olivier Soler ...
Cadene
Viviane Théophildès ...
Mme. Mercier
Dorothée Picard ...
Delacroix's Mother
Pierre Gabaston ...
Bar Patron
María Luisa García ...
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
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Storyline

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

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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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Also Known As:

Coisas Secretas  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,526 (USA) (30 January 2004)

Gross:

$104,533 (USA) (9 July 2004)
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nathalie: Next chapter: Men, a user's manual. First pick a good one. But don't fall all over him. Play the good, innocent little girl. Let him play protector.
Sandrine: We can all do that. Guys just want to get laid and move on.
Nathalie: That's why you don't fuck 'em. At least not just like that. Without letting on, study them, get them talking. Discover their weak spots and passions: money, cars, I dunno... success, work. When you find out, you flatter them. Then, once you've chosen your man, you yield to him. Never on ...
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References Sleepwalker (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

La Passion selon Saint-Jean
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Netherlands Radio Chorus
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Lyrical Eroticism But Not Exactly Tongue In Cheek
19 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The French do lyricism and erotica well, maybe it's the accents or the actors; more likely, the language itself. Mind you, had this been Demi Moore and Julia Roberts frolicking about, I'd have laughed myself silly; as it is, the two female leads - especially Sabrina Seyvecou - successfully show how powerful a currency sex appeal is. It begins as a feminist fable - the two girls thrown together at a strip club, consorting, exhibiting and daring one another to ever greater public displays of pleasurable posturing between hands and genitals -supposedly, in the belief that, with training, Sandrine can get an office job and sleep her way to the top.

Now, had this been tongue in cheek - and I'm not saying whose tongue, in whose cheek - had M Jean-Claude Brisseau, the director, used a lighter or defter touch, the sensual side would have melted our Haagen-Dazs and there could still have been a thought-provoking moral aspect, reflecting the power of, well, the femme fatale.

As it is, the film gets lost towards the end, implying that the playboy office boss is the real manipulator and the girls are mere pawns. The joyous, impish scenes when the two women dare one another to surreptitiously remove their underwear whilst seated in the subway, are long forgotten. Thankfully, Sabrina Seyvecou's natural charms are sufficient to blot out any significant disappointment. She could conquer my office any time.

I think the Haagen-Dazs has left a stain. At least, I think it's the Haagen-Dazs...


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