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A Secret (2007)

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A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret.

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Tania Stirn / Grimbert
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Maxime Nathan Grinberg / Grimbert
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Hannah Golda Stirn / Grinberg
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Louise
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François Grimbert à 37 ans
Nathalie Boutefeu ...
Esther
Yves Verhoeven ...
Georges
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Commandant Béraud
Sam Garbarski ...
Joseph
Orlando Nicoletti ...
Simon Grinberg à 7 ans
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Robert Stirn
Valentin Vigourt ...
François Grimbert à 7 ans
Quentin Dubuis ...
François Grimbert à 14 ans
Chantal Banlier ...
Maria
Myriam Fuks ...
Mère Hannah
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In 1953, a sensitive French boy finds out from a neighbor that his family's Jewish. François Grimbert becomes a physician, and gradually peels the layers of his buried family history which resulted in his difficult upbringing, raised as Catholic by his "Aryan" appearing parents. His athletic father labored to stamp out stereotypical Jewish characteristics he perceived in his son, to keep the family's many secrets, as most relatives fought in World War II, and later were hauled off to labor and death camps by the Gestapo. Based on a true story. Written by David Stevens

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3 October 2007 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$37,135 (USA) (5 September 2008)

Gross:

$623,415 (USA) (1 May 2009)
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Trivia

Eva Green was considered for the role of Tania and Pascal Elbé for the role of Maxime See more »

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Features Triumph of the Will (1935) See more »

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Nissouin - Chant de 7 Bénedections
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Performed by Albert Bouhadana
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Love and death
14 January 2014 | by (Leesburg, FL) – See all my reviews

All François knew was that his father wasn't overly fond of him. Part of it may have been because he wasn't as athletic as his parents. His father would get upset when he talked of an imaginary "brother."

No one talked of the family secret until he was 14 and Louise (Julie Depardieu) decided he should know. She tells him of life during WWII, and his father's first wife, and his son. Unbeknownst to him, they were all Jews, even though his father never practiced his faith. During the war they escaped France. All except his wife (Ludivine Sagnier) and son. She decided to demonstrate her independence at the wrong time. Of course, she was also upset that her husband (Patrick Bruel) couldn't keep his eyes off her brother's wife (Cécile De France). Who could?

What happened didn't become known until François (Mathieu Amalric) was older. We, the audience knew what was going to happen, but the Jews at the time had no clue. Julie Depardieu really excelled in this engrossing tale. Cécile De France was also very good. It was a brilliant work of art.


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