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Choses secrètes (2002)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 October 2002 (France)
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coralie Revel ... Nathalie
... Sandrine
Roger Miremont ... Delacroix (as Roger Mirmont)
... Christophe
Blandine Bury ... Charlotte
Olivier Soler ... Cadene
Viviane Théophildès ... Mme. Mercier
Dorothée Picard ... Delacroix's Mother
Pierre Gabaston ... Bar Patron
... Sandrine's Mother (as Lisa Hérédia)
Arnaud Goujon ... Personnel Manager
Liès Kidji ... The Young Thief
Patricia Candido Trinca ... Office Employee
Lydia Chopart ... Office Employee
Michaël Couvreur ... Office Employee
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Storyline

Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their advantage, and pleasure. Both find positions in the office of a large bank, where bored, under-stimulated, prey are easy pickings. After making their way though several layers of executives at the bank, with destructive, and lucrative, results, they approach Christophe, scion to the bank director. What they don't know is that Christophe is a manipulative voyeur, whose last two lovers set themselves on fire when he rejected them. A connoisseur of high-class orgies, Christophe is only interested in new talent to satisfy the appetites of all whom he controls. In Christophe, the girls have found an opponent who knows all their wiles, and will challenge their simple under-class friendship with levels of jealousy and ecstasy that they have never experienced before. Will they survive? Written by DarkStarZumaBeachSurfinApolcalypseWow

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The delectably twisted fable centers on two penniless but shapely young women who set out to better their social station by manipulating men.


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Also Known As:

Coisas Secretas  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,421, 4 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,533, 11 July 2004
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#01, with "Ten") See more »

Goofs

The end of the movie is supposed to take place after Nathalie is released from prison, several years after the main plot takes place. Yet the movies advertised on the advertisement pillar in the background (See Spot Run, Town & Country) were released in France around the same weeks as the movies referenced in the main plot's time frame (Sleepwalker etc.). See more »

Quotes

Nathalie: What's stopping you?
Sandrine: You're nuts, I'd never dare.
Nathalie: Are you drunk?
Sandrine: No.
[giggle]
Sandrine: No, I feel fine.
Nathalie: Then let's play a little game.
Sandrine: What game.
Nathalie: Daring. Daring to cross that forbidden think line that your friends will never cross. That will get you off.
Sandrine: [narrating] I wanted to get out of there fast.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Exterminating Angels (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Music for the funeral of Queen Mary: Man that is born
Written by Henry Purcell
Performed by Monteverdi Choir & Monteverdi Orchestra
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Coulda/shoulda been better
1 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Secret Things" is about two beautiful young women, a stripper and a barmaid, who find themselves unemployed and decide to use their sex appeal as a tool to get on the fast track to success in the corporate world. Their scheme works well until they run up against a man who is even more cunning, ruthless, and base than they are. "Secret Things" opens with a nude autoerotic dance and appears to being going somewhere until it self-destructs in a crescendo of ponderous nonsense. The sagacious female protags become clueless dupes, the male antagonist turns into something so perverse it's almost funny, a black veiled figure with a bird appears and hangs out like some sort of specter, and the film quickly loses its credibility. "Secret Things" is chock full of sex which is obviously staged and the psychodramatics simply aren't believable. A coulda/shoulda been better example of when less would have been more. (C+)


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