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Le secret (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | February 2001 (USA)
Marie is a seemingly happy woman, married to François for twelve years, and with a two-year-old child, Paul. However, there is disagreement within the family, since François is keen to have... See full summary »


Virginie Wagon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Coesens ... Marie
Michel Bompoil Michel Bompoil ... François
Tony Todd ... Bill
Quentin Rossi Quentin Rossi ... Paul
Jacqueline Jehanneuf Jacqueline Jehanneuf ... La mère de Marie
Aladin Reibel Aladin Reibel ... Rémy
Valérie Vogt Valérie Vogt ... Séverine
Frédéric Sauzay Frédéric Sauzay ... Luc
Natalya Ermilova Natalya Ermilova ... Ana
Charlotte Pradon Charlotte Pradon ... Mélanie
Jeanne Cellard Jeanne Cellard ... La 1ère cliente
Yanitz Grunhard Yanitz Grunhard ... Le formateur
Chantal Lambrechts Chantal Lambrechts ... La collègue de Marie
Christian Bobet Christian Bobet ... Le patron
Paul Ielkin Paul Ielkin ... Le fils saucisse


Marie is a seemingly happy woman, married to François for twelve years, and with a two-year-old child, Paul. However, there is disagreement within the family, since François is keen to have another child, but Marie is hesitant. During the course of Marie's job as an encyclopaedia saleswoman, she meets Tony, an African-American living in Paris at a friend's villa. Before long they are having an affair. Although horrified to an extent by her own behaviour, Marie makes little attempt to hide the fact from François.

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In reference to her nude and sex scenes, Anne Coesens said: "I was very afraid of doing the nude scenes. I discussed it with Virginie, I don't think you have to force an actor. What I am giving is because I had the desire to do so. So I asked Virginie to build the scenes like a choreography, everything was written down to the smallest detail. Everything was clear, precise. Obviously, if I concentrated on the rhythm, the movements, I could forget my modesty a little bit. If the scenes had been improvised, I wouldn't have done it. " See more »


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.. better than many of its kind.. but..
13 April 2015 | by bjariasSee all my reviews

Whatever the reason, once you enter into a 'secret' affair you've really broken the relationship, and from all the signs this woman is evidencing, contrary to her declarations of 'love,' she truly wants out of the stifling situation with her husband and child. Proclaiming to 'love' him, but then deliberately and cruelly humiliating him time and again, paints her in a very despicable manner. She says it's necessary for her to choose herself or him, and like all adulterers, she selfishly chooses 'me.' It would be nice to see the sequel, if she were to reach the much needed psychiatrist's couch, and if it could help save her, for she is now doomed for a breakdown with the 'path' she has presently chosen. It's completely delusional, no one would survive for long the current choices she is making. It's a troubling storyline (with an ending that is confusing and senseless), and the acting overall is good. A lot rests on her shoulders, and outside of a misstep or two, she does fairly good work. It would have been nice with more explanation as to why, and a bit more dialogue, but that was not the creators intention. It definitely benefits from additional viewing.

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