Secret life follows the story of a pedophile who's trying to fix his life after prison, struggles with therapy and his urge for pre-teen girls.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Allen ...
Sex Offender
Probation Officer
Alan Barnes ...
Residential Care Worker
Young Mum
Shahnequa Duprey ...
Holly Gibbs ...
David Hinton ...
Duty Sergeant
Lorna Lacey ...
Girl at Funfair
Rebekah Manning ...
Job Officer
Victoria Pritchard ...
Clara Salaman ...
Chloe's Mother


Secret life follows the story of a pedophile who's trying to fix his life after prison, struggles with therapy and his urge for pre-teen girls.

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19 April 2007 (UK)  »

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26 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Charlie (Matthew Macfadyen) is a sex offender released from prison. Emma (Holly Aird) is his assigned therapist. He struggles against his attraction to girls. He had sex with 3 girls aged 7 to 12. He was abused by his father at the age of 8. He stays at a halfway house. However, he is discovered and hounded by thugs looking to chase him out and he's haunted by his desires.

The first half has a lot of interesting minutia into the world and the mind of a pedophile. The main problem is trying to root for a sex offender who is actually guilty. I never get close to wanting this predator to get out of prison despite Macfadyen's sweet demeanor. The whole movie is like playing with fire. It's very uncomfortable when he's interacting with teenage girls. The tone is never quite right.

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