Secret Things ()

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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... See more »


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Delacroix (as Roger Mirmont)
Fabrice Deville ...
Blandine Bury ...
Olivier Soler ...
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
Boris Le Roy ...
Office Employee
Aude Breusse ...
Office Employee
Aurélien Geneix ...
Man at Party
Alain Couesnon ...
Bouncer 1
Bruno SX ...
Bouncer 2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandrine's Father (uncredited)

Directed by

Jean-Claude Brisseau ... (directed by)

Written by

Jean-Claude Brisseau ... (written by)

Produced by

Jean-Claude Brisseau ... producer
Jean-François Geneix ... executive producer / producer

Music by

Julien Civange

Cinematography by

Wilfrid Sempé

Film Editing by

María Luisa García

Editorial Department

Sandrine Ferreira ... negative cutter
Charles Fréville ... digital color grader
Jean-Marc Grégeois ... color timer (as Jean-Marc Gréjois)

Production Design by

María Luisa García

Costume Design by

María Luisa García
Monique Proville

Makeup Department

Elodie Barrat ... assistant makeup artist
Stéphane Cavallié ... hair stylist
Anne-Sophie Desquesses ... assistant hair stylist
José Romero ... key makeup artist

Production Management

Olivier Caillard ... unit manager
Charles Penvern ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Julie Navarro ... first assistant director

Art Department

Eric Lingansch ... assistant decorator
Pascal Ray ... painter
Marc-Olivier Seguin ... painter

Sound Department

Fabien Adelin ... assistant sound mixer
Fred Bielle ... adr artist
Frédéric Cattoni ... sound consultant: DTS
Pascal Dedeye ... foley artist
Franck Duval ... sound assistant
Olivier Grandjean ... sound assistant
Priscilla Hamon ... assistant sound editor
Cyril Jegou ... sound editor
Bernard Le Roux ... sound mixer (as Bernard Leroux)
Xavier Piroëlle ... sound

Special Effects by

Patrick Gentils ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Thierry Bellanger ... electrician
Thomas Caselli ... assistant camera (as Thomas Casselli)
Patrick Chizallet ... grip
Patrizio Ciddio ... grip trainee
Xavier Delamalmaison ... camera operator
Nicolas Dollander ... steadicam operator
Marc Elusse ... gaffer
Patrick Gentils ... key grip
David Grinberg ... camera operator

Casting Department

Didier Trévisan ... extras casting

Script and Continuity Department

Floriane Crépin ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Emile Anselem ... production administrator
Patricia Candido Trinca ... production assistant
Olivier Guigues ... press attache
Charles Penvern ... unit assistant

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Plot Summary

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 he is a manipulative voyeur, whose last two lovers set themselves on fire when he rejected them. A connoisseur of high-class orgies, he is only interested in new talent to satisfy the appetites of all whom he controls. In him, 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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Taglines The delectably twisted fable centers on two penniless but shapely young women who set out to better their social station by manipulating men. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Secret Things (United States)
  • Secret Things (World-wide, English title)
  • Secret Things (United Kingdom)
  • Heimliche Spiele (Germany)
  • Coisas Secretas (Brazil)
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  • 115 min
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Trivia Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#01, with "Ten") See more »
Goofs The level of champagne in Sandrine's glass varies from shot to shot on the first night in Nathalie's apartment. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Cinema According to Brisseau (2007). See more »
Soundtracks La Passion selon Saint-Jean See more »
Quotes Nathalie: Next chapter: Men, a user's manual. First pick a good one. But don't fall all over him. Play the good, innocent little girl. Let him play protector.
Sandrine: We can all do that. Guys just want to get laid and move on.
Nathalie: That's why you don't fuck 'em. At least not just like that. Without letting on, study them, get them talking. Discover their weak spots and passions: money, cars, I dunno... success, work. When you find out, you flatter them. Then, once you've chosen your man, you yield to him. Never on the first date. He'll think you're easy. Don't wait too long, either. After 3 or 4 dinners, then give him the works. Give him pleasure, make him think only he can make you climax, play the happy, docile woman, but not for too long. Soon in bed, you stop faking. Not seeing you climax will get him all worked up. Then without warning, drop him and start fooling around. Overtly. One night stands. If possible, with another woman. It'll humiliate him, drive him nuts. He'll come crawling back.
Sandrine: It works every time?
Nathalie: Just about. That's the mystery of human nature... we want what resists or escapes us.
Sandrine: Who taught you that?
Nathalie: Life. My mother. But she and I were poor. I also read a lot. I had schooling like you. It didn't keep us from enduing in the same strip club. We women lack confidence and daring. Someone always has to be behind us, egging us on. We're a bit like the working class. My mother said they'd stay that way for one reason: they didn't dare move up. "Dare!" That's what she'd always say. She knew about human nature.
Sandrine: Meanwhile, no guy ever made me come.
Nathalie: I know. And that's just fine!
Sandrine: If you say so.
Nathalie: You'll soon understand. What'd you do with your guy?
Sandrine: I faked it.
Nathalie: Why?
Sandrine: I wanted to make him happy.
Nathalie: No, you felt guilty, thinking it was your fault. You were wrong. Lesson 3: femmes fatales are usually narcissists or lesbians. They're frigid with men. They come when they want to, which isn't often. It's their strength. With famous courtesans...
Sandrine: Want to make me a call girl?
Nathalie: No, I'm teaching you about life. Now, with famous courtesans each guy wanted to succeed where others had failed. Pride will make a man spend a fortune to be seen with them. Frigidity helps with men. Sex enslaves you. The slave must be the other. Now you can come on your own, you're free. Get it?
Sandrine: What about love?
Nathalie: Our Enemy Number One. The real risk. In war, if you stop to think, you die. If we fall in love, we're done for. Has your life been such a thrill until now? Be realistic: no one'll help you change your life. True love can wait. Now show me how you fake it.
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