Le pacte du silence (2003)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  5 March 2003 (France)
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A priest who is also a doctor investigates the mysterious illness of a young nun who shares a dark secret with her twin sister who is a convicted child murderer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsilla Chelton ...
Mère Joseph
Estelle Larrivaz ...
La soeur archiviste
Anne Le Ny ...
La soeur infirmière
Wojciech Pszoniak ...
L'archevêque (as Wojtek Pszoniak)
Isabelle Candelier ...
La psychiatre
Hervé Pierre ...
Manuela Gourary ...
Philippe du Janerand ...
Chaumelle, le scientifique
Marie-Sohna Conde ...
Lucie Le Bras ...
Charlotte Bonnet ...
Suzanne Chaumelle


Everyone has a secret. Twins Sarah and Gaëlle near 25; for ten years, Sarah has been a fundamentalist Carmelite in a Brazilian convent, and Gaëlle has been in prison for a heinous crime. Sarah comes to the attention of Fr. Joachim, a priest and physician; he can find no cause for her debilitating abdominal pain. When Sarah and he are transferred to Paris, Joachim looks for Gaëlle, now on probation and finding no respite from society's approbation. An enterprising reporter is digging into Gaëlle's life, the mother superior of Sarah's convent hovers over her, and Joachim investigates the phenomenon of twin's symmetry. Is there any release from the past? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The truth behind the secret is a lie.

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »




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Release Date:

5 March 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Pact of Silence  »

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2.35 : 1
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Mère Emmanuelle: [to Father Joachim] I almost forgot. No drugs. Only herbs. It's against our rules.
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1 August 2009 | by (Uppsala, Sweden) – See all my reviews

A slow mystery thriller, seriously underestimated. Comments here about plot holes and unresolved issues rather show that some viewers missed clues and did not catch onto what was going on. Very pretty girl playing the twin(s). Ah, what lips. Not by any means a masterpiece, but anyway a great little thriller. At first the movie seemed to be something as rare as a genuine catholic drama, but the various themes were not developed in a religious fashion. Still the same theme appears in dozens of configurations, as if the author was wrestling with the same moral dilemma in ever character and plot structure: helpfulness in it's various guises, sometimes as sacrifice, sometimes as but the false shell of selfishness. This occurs not only in the main characters, but in virtually every minor act too, from journalists over fellow inmates to high priests and nuns. The main characters development is as I mentioned certainly not catholic, rather they discover to abandon the vain failure of self-sacrifice and Samaritan ambitions, and that to do real good you have to accept your own desires.

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