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Release Date:
16 October 2002 (France) See more »
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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.
Plot:
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Coralie Revel ... Nathalie

Sabrina Seyvecou ... Sandrine
Roger Miremont ... Delacroix (as Roger Mirmont)

Fabrice Deville ... 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
Boris Le Roy ... Office Employee
Aude Breusse ... Office Employee
Aurélien Geneix ... Man at Party
Alain Couesnon ... Bouncer 1
Bruno SX ... Bouncer 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sylvain Bourguignon ... Client
Frédéric Marques ... Bouncer

Jean-Claude Brisseau ... Sandrine's Father (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean-Claude Brisseau 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Claude Brisseau 

Produced by
Jean-Claude Brisseau .... producer
Jean-François Geneix .... executive producer
Jean-François Geneix .... producer
 
Original Music by
Julien Civange 
 
Cinematography by
Wilfrid Sempé 
 
Film Editing by
María Luisa García 
 
Production Design by
María Luisa García 
 
Costume Design by
María Luisa García 
Monique Proville 
 
Makeup Department
Elodie Barrat .... assistant makeup artist
Stéphane Cavallié .... hair stylist
Anne-Sophie Desquesses .... assistant hair stylist
José Romero .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Olivier Caillard .... unit manager
Charles Penvern .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Navarro .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Eric Lingansch .... assistant decorator
Pascal Ray .... painter
Marc-Olivier Seguin .... painter
 
Sound Department
Fabien Adelin .... assistant sound mixer
Fred Bielle .... adr artist
Frédéric Cattoni .... sound consultant: DTS
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Franck Duval .... sound assistant
Olivier Grandjean .... sound assistant
Priscilla Hamon .... assistant sound editor
Cyril Jegou .... sound editor
Bernard Leroux .... sound mixer
Xavier Piroëlle .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Patrick Gentils .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thierry Bellanger .... electrician
Thomas Caselli .... assistant camera (as Thomas Casselli)
Patrick Chizallet .... grip
Patrizio Ciddio .... grip trainee
Xavier Delamalmaison .... camera operator
Nicolas Dollander .... Steadicam operator
Marc Elusse .... gaffer
Patrick Gentils .... key grip
David Grinberg .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Didier Trévisan .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Sandrine Ferreira .... negative cutter
Charles Fréville .... digital color grader
Jean-Marc Grégois .... color timer (as Jean-Marc Gréjois)
 
Other crew
Emile Anselem .... production administrator
Patricia Candido Trinca .... production assistant
Floriane Crépin .... script supervisor
Olivier Guigues .... press attache
Charles Penvern .... unit assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Choses secrètes" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
115 min
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Trivia:
Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#01, with "Ten")See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 (2001), Town & Country (2001)) were released in France around the same weeks as the movies referenced in the main plot's time frame (Sleepwalker (2000) etc.).See more »
Quotes:
Nathalie:What's stopping you?
Sandrine:You're nuts, I'd never dare.
Nathalie:Are you drunk?
Sandrine:No.
[giggle]
Sandrine:No, I feel fine.
Nathalie:Then let's play a little game.
Sandrine:What game.
Nathalie:Daring. Daring to cross that forbidden think line that your friends will never cross. That will get you off.
Sandrine:[narrating] I wanted to get out of there fast.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cinema According to Brisseau (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
La Passion selon Saint-JeanSee more »

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32 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Les liaisons dangereuses, 23 May 2004
Author: anhedonia from Planet Earth

A film about manipulative, mean-spirited and, at times, downright nasty people - and I absolutely loved it.

It's so refreshing to see a truly adult film these days. Not to mention, a film that doesn't just say it is erotic, it goes ahead and proves it. This is not a film for prudes, for those who are easily offended. But for adults who are willing to see some frank discussion about sex and some deliciously devious sexual politics, this film provides wonderful entertainment.

"Choses secrètes" is enormously entertaining with two thoroughly captivating leads. Sabrina Seyvecou, who turns in a spellbinding performance, has a sort of Heather Grahamish innocence and sexiness to her and, along with Coralie Revel, provides some of the most titillating scenes seen in a mainstream movie in many years.

There really aren't any good/wholesome characters in this film. But that's OK. (I suppose Cadene qualifies as a nice chap, but he's a minor character.) Because the cunning of the two women is so absolutely engrossing that you're quickly drawn into their wicked world. Watching them use people for their own ends and not quite knowing who is manipulating whom is one of the many charms of this sensual and exciting film.

The film comes apart toward the end. Unravels a bit, especially when writer/director Jean-Claude Brisseau resorts to awfully heavy-handed (and needless) symbolism. There's also a superfluous orgy scene that comes out of nowhere. I wish Brisseau would have come up with an original, atypical, less conventional denouement for his story.

If you like the works of Neil LaBute - "The Shape of Things," "Your Friends and Neighbors" and "In the Company of Men" - you should appreciate and enjoy "Choses secrètes."

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