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Secret Things (2002)

Choses secrètes (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 October 2002 (France)
Two attractive, but struggling young women meet. One is stronger than the other and opts to 'educate' her. Together they decide to use their combined forces and their sexuality to achieve ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coralie Revel Coralie Revel ... Nathalie
Sabrina Seyvecou ... Sandrine
Roger Miremont ... Delacroix (as Roger Mirmont)
Fabrice Deville Fabrice Deville ... Christophe
Blandine Bury Blandine Bury ... Charlotte
Olivier Soler Olivier Soler ... Cadene
Viviane Théophildès Viviane Théophildès ... Mme. Mercier
Dorothée Picard Dorothée Picard ... Delacroix's Mother
Pierre Gabaston Pierre Gabaston ... Bar Patron
María Luisa García ... Sandrine's Mother (as Lisa Hérédia)
Arnaud Goujon Arnaud Goujon ... Personnel Manager
Liès Kidji Liès Kidji ... The Young Thief
Patricia Candido Trinca Patricia Candido Trinca ... Office Employee
Lydia Chopart Lydia Chopart ... Office Employee
Michaël Couvreur Michaël Couvreur ... Office Employee
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Two attractive, but struggling young women meet. One is stronger than the other and opts to 'educate' her. Together they decide to use their combined forces and their sexuality to achieve success. They intend on manipulating men to do it. It's more than a means to an end. They're doing it for the pure fun of it. Written by Anthony J. Langford

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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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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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Connections

References Doors of Glory (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Beatus Vir: In memoria eterna
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (as Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne)
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Les liaisons dangereuses
23 May 2004 | by anhedoniaSee all my reviews

A film about manipulative, mean-spirited and, at times, downright nasty people - and I absolutely loved it.

It's so refreshing to see a truly adult film these days. Not to mention, a film that doesn't just say it is erotic, it goes ahead and proves it. This is not a film for prudes, for those who are easily offended. But for adults who are willing to see some frank discussion about sex and some deliciously devious sexual politics, this film provides wonderful entertainment.

"Choses secrètes" is enormously entertaining with two thoroughly captivating leads. Sabrina Seyvecou, who turns in a spellbinding performance, has a sort of Heather Grahamish innocence and sexiness to her and, along with Coralie Revel, provides some of the most titillating scenes seen in a mainstream movie in many years.

There really aren't any good/wholesome characters in this film. But that's OK. (I suppose Cadene qualifies as a nice chap, but he's a minor character.) Because the cunning of the two women is so absolutely engrossing that you're quickly drawn into their wicked world. Watching them use people for their own ends and not quite knowing who is manipulating whom is one of the many charms of this sensual and exciting film.

The film comes apart toward the end. Unravels a bit, especially when writer/director Jean-Claude Brisseau resorts to awfully heavy-handed (and needless) symbolism. There's also a superfluous orgy scene that comes out of nowhere. I wish Brisseau would have come up with an original, atypical, less conventional denouement for his story.

If you like the works of Neil LaBute - "The Shape of Things," "Your Friends and Neighbors" and "In the Company of Men" - you should appreciate and enjoy "Choses secrètes."


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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 October 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,421, 4 January 2004

Gross USA:

$105,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$234,255
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1.33 : 1
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