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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Marris
Jane Wheeler ...
Maggie Adams
Millie Tresierra ...
Lindsay Porter
Nicole Braber ...
Female Patient
Trent Pardy ...
Ski Shop Salesman
ICU Dcctor
Psychiatrist (as Babz Chula)
Joanna Noyes ...
Elizabeth - Hannah's Mother
Doug Sullivan


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 <>

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Sometimes a gift can be a curse


Drama | Romance

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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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10 October 2007 (France)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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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References Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) See more »

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A superbly acted surprise. Very under the radar.
21 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story is pretty contrived, but it's easy to look past that because it is more about the relationship between the characters instead of the mystery or whatever of a mother being trapped in her daughter's body. It's a film well worth watching for the superb performances from David Duchovny (who has quickly become a huge obsession of mine) and especially Olivia Thirlby who convincingly portrays this adult soul trapped in her teenage body. She was absolutely brilliant and will probably stay in at least my top ten by the end of the year. Even more impressive was the fact that this was actually her first role ever in film, just other stuff got released before it. The two of them were devastating together and worked so well, which is outstanding because of the age difference. They did a great job of moving seamlessly between such a wide range of emotions from sexual repression to jealousy to anger.

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