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The Secret (2007)
"Si j'étais toi" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 October 2007 (France)
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A wife and mother passes away, and spirit returns in her daughter's body.

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Hannah Marris
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Ethan
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Psychiatrist (as Babz Chula)
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Elizabeth - Hannah's Mother
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Doug Sullivan
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Husband, wife, and daughter have moved from Boston to Williamstown. At 16, Samantha treats her mother shabbily, but when the two of them are in a horrific car crash, the mother wills Sam to live, somehow losing her own life while her spirit enters Sam. Can she convince husband Ben that she's his wife inside his daughter's body, what if he believes her, and can she live Samantha's life (discovering all her daughter's secrets) while she figures out what to do? What's Ben's part in this secret life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes a gift can be a curse

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and drug and alcohol use involving teens | See all certifications »

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David Duchovny and Lily Taylor worked together in one episode of the 5th season of The X Files See more »

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Samantha Marris: You've got a 36 year old wife in the perfect body of a 16 year old. I'm every man's wet dream.
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Good but loses itself with some problems
29 June 2012 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The reason why I didn't disapprove it was because up to a certain extent it was an original film that made me question unquestioned things and it was quite good to watch. Must be added here that if I might enjoyed it more than other people since I haven't seen the original film and the book source of this.

"The Secret" (or "Si j'étais toi" it only got this title because the director is French. Go figure.) looks like one of those magnificent films with supernatural themes, very close to Bruce Joel Rubin's scripts ("Ghost" and "Jacob's Ladder") in the sense of making us wondering of things that would happen after someone's death, the kind of strange experiences of someone who can't let go of the living world. Only looks like but it never gets close to those examples. The challenge here is given to a happy family (or close to such situation) after a car accident involving mother (Lili Taylor) and daughter (Olivia Thirlby) where the mother died but her spirit was "transported" into her teenage daughter, who seemed to get trapped somewhere. It gets stranger when the omnipotent spirit has to deal with her loyal husband (David Duchovny). At first he rejects this happening, later accepting it when the daughter starts to reveal personal details of the couple, like when they first met and other things. From this moment on, we follow the bizarre process of the couple (or father/daughter if you prefer) in dealing with the current situation; the father trying to find a way to live with this and the woman having to go through the high school years again, but this time living everything her daughter (who never liked her) is experiencing with her friends, boyfriends and on and on. And if you think the woman will let go of her husband, wrong. She wants him even trapped in this new body and you might guess the upcoming problems from here.

If this was a comedy I would have appreciated it more. It has all the required elements for a well humored and crazy project, but unfortunately this wasn't a comic film (although it has some funny moments). Filled with anguish, a little bit thoughtful and very unexpected, the supernatural aspect of the movie is the thing in which we connect more, the things to be watched. Can't say the same about the family drama after the spirit/body conversion, specially towards the conclusion and we know about the daughter's life in school, her relations and the way he sees the world around her. She's young, trying to make her way and trying to escape from her mother's dedicated attention and affection at the same time she quotes in her diary about no one caring for her - when she's surrounded of people who like her - being intelligent is underappreaciated, life sucks. It says one thing but shows another, totally unconvincing and it's one of those things that is really hard to relate. Try real contempt, little girl then you'll know about life. I really urge you to pay attention to those moments since they're what makes the poor and unlikely ending. And we didn't know much about the mother before the accident, it doesn't show much and we should have more scenes with her, maybe some flashbacks rather than seeing her inside of a unlikeable teen.

Go forward with low expectations and you'll be rewarded with some mildly decent entertainment and some thoughtful issues. But only if the last one would speak higher than the first one, then we would have THE movie. 6/10


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