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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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Coralie Revel ...
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 Grégois ... 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
Freddy Zak ... casting coordinator

Script and Continuity Department

Floriane Crépin ... script supervisor

Other 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 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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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 (World-wide, English title)
  • Secret Things (United Kingdom)
  • Heimliche Spiele (Germany)
  • Coisas Secretas (Brazil)
  • Secret Things (Australia)
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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 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 (2001), Town & Country (2001)) were released in France around the same weeks as the movies referenced in the main plot's time frame (Sleepwalker (2000) etc.). See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Cinema According to Brisseau (2007). See more »
Soundtracks La Passion selon Saint-Jean See more »
Quotes Sandrine: What do you feel dancing naked with all those people watching?
Nathalie: Nothing.
Sandrine: But you excite them.
Nathalie: Usually it's routine.
Sandrine: Usually?
Nathalie: On stage once, I came the hardest I ever had.
Sandrine: Even with a guy?
Nathalie: That night I came the hardest I ever had.
Sandrine: Why?
Nathalie: Because people were watching.
Sandrine: Men were watching?
Nathalie: People were watching. It really got me off and I came. It's happened several times.
Sandrine: So that's it?
Nathalie: What?
Sandrine: What makes you so exciting. Did it happen tonight?
Nathalie: No such luck.
[Sandrine laughs with convulsive delight]
Nathalie: Did what I say shock you?
Sandrine: No. I'm a little jealous. Ii figure I'd never dare.
Nathalie: Never dare what? Show yourself naked? Get off by exciting them? Or just get off?
Sandrine: All that together. And I'm not pretty enough.
Nathalie: All us girls say that. I was afraid, too.
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