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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$623,415 (USA) (1 May 2009)
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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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Leibdich, Freilech
Written by Aaron Lebedeff
Performed by Myriam Fuks et sa fille Lola Teofanovic
In "Anthology of a Yiddishe Mama"
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Excellent portrayal of love, loss and rejection
23 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a complex, moving and beautifully realised film by Miller. The themes of rejection, love, loss and guilt are explored in a complex narrative structure where ultimately the guilt of one man and the rejection felt by one woman are mirrored in the guilt of the French nation in their rejection and abandonment of their Jewish fellow countrymen.

Lush cinematography, precise mise en scene and excellent performances including Ludivine Sagnier cast against type as the object of non-desire make for a totally satisfying cinematic experience. Perhaps we could have done without the coda in Laval's pet cemetery but by that stage I and the rest of the audience were emotionally drained. Go see.


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