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The Secret (2007) More at IMDbPro »Si j'étais toi (original title)

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The Secret -- In the spirit of Ghost and Birth, Hannah and Benjamin (Lili Taylor, Six Feet Under and David Duchovny, The X-Files) are a happily married couple whose love is tested in ways they never could have imagined in this touching supernatural drama. But when Hannah is killed in a car accident, the couple's strong bond may be responsible for an unusual twist of fate that keeps their love alive -- at the expense of their daughter (Olivia Thirlby, Juno).
The Secret -- A wife and mother passes away, and spirit returns in her daughter's body.


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Writers (WGA):
Ann Cherkis (screenplay)
Hiroshi Saitô (1999 screenplay Himitsu)
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Release Date:
10 October 2007 (France) See more »
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David Duchovny ... Dr. Benjamin Marris

Lili Taylor ... Hannah Marris

Olivia Thirlby ... Samantha Marris

Brendan Sexton III ... Ethan
Jane Wheeler ... Maggie Adams
Millie Tresierra ... Lindsay Porter

Trisha LaFache ... Taylor

Ashley Springer ... Ian

Laurence Leboeuf ... Amelia
Nicole Braber ... Female Patient
Trent Pardy ... Ski Shop Salesman

Julian Tassielli ... ICU Dcctor

Babs Chula ... Psychiatrist (as Babz Chula)
Joanna Noyes ... Elizabeth - Hannah's Mother

Jay Brazeau ... Doug Sullivan

Peter MacNeill ... Dr. Christopher Bray

Macha Grenon ... Tara Corbett
Bill Rowat ... Teacher

Corey Sevier ... Justin
Catherine Colvey ... English Teacher

Bruce Ramsay ... Daniel Harpin
Susan Glover ... Condescending Woman
Linda Plamondon ... Condescending Woman #2

Andrea Sadler ... Condescending Woman #3

Dawn Ford ... ICU nurse #1
Mariah Inger ... ICU Nurse #2

Suzanna Lenir ... ICU Nurse #3 (as Suzanna Le Nir)

Russell Yuen ... ICU Doctor #2
Allan Yuk-lun Chou ... ICU Doctor #3 (as Allan Chou)
Renee Madeline Le Guerrier ... Hospital Receptionist (as Renée-Madeleine Le Guerrier)
Lois Dellar ... Aunt
Nick Kellis ... Man Mourner (as Nick Kallis)
Ryan Tilson ... Boy Mourner

Kathleen Mackey ... Carrie

Tristan D. Lalla ... Fubu Boy

Steven Crowder ... Classroom Boy

Robert Higden ... Waiter
Lynne Adams ... Resto Woman

Lucinda Davis ... Paige - Ben's Assistant
Una Kay ... Neighbour Wife
Mel Downey ... Neighbour Husband
Cory Fantie ... Patient #2
Bruce McKenzie ... Patient #3
Abeille Gélinas ... Girl with Justin (as Abeille Gelinas)
Dale Stuart Skinner ... Priest (as Dale Skinner)

Carl Crevier ... Lindsay's Husband
Henryk Vsakowski ... Maggie's Husband (as Henry Usakowski)
Li Li ... Math Student
Frank Fontaine ... Ned - Hannah's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon Blue ... Taylor's boyfriend (uncredited)

Juliette Brinkerhoff ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Tarek Gader ... S.O.C. (uncredited)

Jessica Kardos ... Goth student (uncredited)

Gerardo Lo Dico ... School Search Patrolman (uncredited)

Paul Rogic ... Man in Library (uncredited)
Christopher J. Smith ... Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent Perez 
Writing credits
Ann Cherkis (screenplay)

Hiroshi Saitô (1999 screenplay Himitsu)

Keigo Higashino (novel)

Produced by
Luc Besson .... executive producer
Luc Besson .... producer
Virginie Besson-Silla .... executive producer (as Virginie Silla)
Roger Frappier .... associate producer
Nicole Hilaréguy .... line producer
India Osborne .... associate producer
India Osborne .... producer
Vincent Perez .... producer
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Nathaniel Méchaly 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy 
Film Editing by
Yves Beloniak 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Serge Bureau 
Art Direction by
Alessandro Marvelli 
Set Decoration by
Josée Arsenault 
Louise Pilon (head decorator)
Louise Tremblay 
Costume Design by
François Barbeau 
Makeup Department
Chantal Bergeron .... hair stylist
Kathryn Casault .... key makeup artist
Linda Gordon .... key hair stylist
Daniel Jacob .... hair stylist
Alex Lambert .... makeup artist (as Sonia Alex Lambert)
Production Management
Pierre Allard .... production manager
Eric Bassoff .... post-production supervisor
Laurent Communaux .... unit manager
Danny Turgeon .... assistant unit manager
Sidonie Waserman .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexandre Bernard .... additional third assistant director
Anissa Harvey .... third assistant director
Eric Parenteau .... first assistant director
Lucie Pelletier .... second assistant director
Art Department
Frédéric Amblard .... set designer
Alain Brochu .... head carpenter
Charles Dugas .... assistant property master
Charles Dugas .... assistant set props
Odette Gauvreau .... head painter
Thierry Labrosse .... storyboard artist
Martine Mongrain .... art department coordinator
André Ratelle .... property master
Anouk Saint-Amand .... prop buyer
André Valade .... property master
Tim Winchester .... assistant props
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Adrien Arnaud .... foley editor
Thomas Bernard .... sound recordist
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Gilles Corbeil .... sound recordist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
François Guérin .... boom operator
Alexandre Hernandez .... sound editor
Christophe Leroy .... supervising sound editor
Yann Vernier .... assistant foley artist
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Mario Dumont .... special effects floor supervisor
Pierre 'Bill' Rivard .... special effects coordinator (as Bill Rivard)
Visual Effects by
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects director
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Daniel .... video operator: Duboi
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects coordinator
Abdel Ali Kassou .... technical manager
Benoit Philippon .... digital effects artist
Rossi Sébastien .... visual effects
Edouard Valton .... visual effects producer
Alexandre Cadieux .... stunt driver
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt coordinator
Michael Scherer .... stunt driver (as Michael Sherer)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Philippe Bernier .... video assist operator
Mario Brabant .... grip
Caroline Béliveau .... second assistant camera: 'b' camera
Jean-Maurice de Ernsted .... key grip
Pierre Dury .... still photographer
Mathieu Décary .... first assistant camera
Gilles Fortier .... key rigging gaffer
Eames Gagnon .... gaffer
Laurent Alexis Guertin .... loader
Sylvain Jouvet .... lighting technician
Constant Lavallée .... lighting technician
Christian Lemay .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera
Marion Mailhot .... grip
Alexandre Marien .... electrician
Frederic Milot .... grip
Denis-Noel Mostert .... steadicam operator
Patrick Rainville .... best boy
David Reinhard .... daily second assistant camera
Roger Robichaud .... lighting technician
Alain Rousseau .... second assistant camera
Réal Saulnier .... generator operator
Daniel Sauvé .... Steadicam operator
Kelsey Smith .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Andrea Kenyon .... casting: Canada
Shawn Roberts .... casting assistant: Canada
Randi Wells .... casting: Canada (as Randy Wells)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heloise Audy .... dresser
Marie Bellemare .... dresser
Micheline Cossette .... costume assistant
Audy Heloise .... dresser
Valérie Levesque .... assistant costume designer
Lyse Pomerleau .... costume supervisor
Lyse Pomerleau .... wardrobe coordinator
Renée Tremblay .... key dresser
Editorial Department
Guerric Catala .... assistant editor
Mickael Dumontier .... assistant editor
Jean Durand .... grader
Clara Vincienne .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
John Bell .... orchestrator
Lohengrin Braconnier .... assistant music mixer
Frank Gali .... conductor
Jérôme Lateur .... music supervisor
Vincent Lebegue .... music legal coordinator
Didier Lozahic .... music recorder
Elise Luguern .... music production supervisor
Alexandre Mahout .... assistant music supervisor
Nathaniel Méchaly .... music arranger
Nathaniel Méchaly .... orchestrator
Samuel Potin .... score mixer
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant music supervisor
Transportation Department
Richard Chabot .... driver
Yannick Champagne .... driver: cast
Marco Gregoire .... driver
Daniel Langlois .... unit transportation coordinator
Other crew
Valérie Binette .... production assistant
Steeve Bouchard .... production accountant
Sylvie Champagne .... production administrator
Roland Chaput .... craft service
Jean-Philippe Collin .... stand-in: David Duchovny
Marie-Christine D'Amours .... production coordinator
Romuald Drault .... production accountant supervisor
André Déry .... production assistant
Catherine Gagnon .... production assistant
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... accounts supervisor
Diane Janna .... assistant location manager
Melanie Lessard .... assistant location manager
Emilie Maison .... press attache france
Sylvie Martin .... production coordinator
Pierre Massé .... location manager
Louise Theriault .... continuity
Annette Woloshen .... photo double
Annette Woloshen .... stand-in

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Si j'étais toi" - France (original title)
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Rated R for language including sexual references, and drug and alcohol use involving teens
USA:92 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1) | Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

David Duchovny and Lily Taylor worked together in one episode of the 5th season of The X FilesSee 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Desperate Housewives" (2004)See more »


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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Way too good to be direct-to-video. Olivia Thirlby in particular is outstanding., 3 March 2009
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

A direct-to-video release in the United States, this French directed film stars Americans and is a remake of a Japanese film called Himitsu. Although the film deals with the supernatural, it is not a J-horror remake. In fact, it's quite a touching and intelligent movie. I think the reason it was never released over here is because it is an intelligent film. The attempts to market it as a thriller, from the title and the video cover, probably wouldn't have worked if it had been released normally. David Duchovny stars as an optometrist whose wife and daughter (Lili Taylor and Olivia Thirlby) get into a serious car accident at the open of the film. His wife passes away in the emergency room, but his daughter survives. As soon as she wakes up, however, she claims not to be the daughter, but the wife trapped in her daughter's body. Smartly, the film doesn't spend too much time with Thirbly's attempts to convince Duchovny – the evidence is overwhelming. The film spends most of its time with the difficulties the peculiar situation raises, especially between the married couple. The two also find evidence, when Thirlby talks in her sleep, that the daughter is still somewhere inside her. They expect she may come back to them one day, but then the wife's personality will disappear. The film is far from perfect. Its best in the small scenes, and worst when director Perez is trying to create set-pieces. You can see the cheapness especially in the emergency room sequence – it looks nothing like an emergency room. The real news here is Olivia Thirlby's performance – her first, if we are to believe the opening credits. And proud this film should be to introduce her – it was obvious enough even in a mediocre film like Juno that Olivia Thirlby was going to be a star. Of the four films I've seen her in so far, this is the best proof that she's a keeper. She plays two different characters, one over twice her own age. The role requires a tour de force performance, and Thirlby delivers one effortlessly.

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