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Le pacte du silence (2003)

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A priest who is also a doctor investigates the mysterious illness of a young nun who shares a dark secret with her twin sister who is a convicted child murderer.

Director:

Graham Guit

Writers:

Marcelle Bernstein (novel), Rose Bosch (as Roselyne Bosch)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Joachim
Élodie Bouchez ... Gaëlle / Sarah
Carmen Maura ... Mère Emmanuelle
Isaac Sharry Isaac Sharry ... Morel
Tsilla Chelton ... Mère Joseph
Estelle Larrivaz Estelle Larrivaz ... La soeur archiviste
Anne Le Ny Anne Le Ny ... La soeur infirmière
Wojciech Pszoniak ... L'archevêque (as Wojtek Pszoniak)
Isabelle Candelier Isabelle Candelier ... La psychiatre
Hervé Pierre Hervé Pierre ... Marcel
Manuela Gourary Manuela Gourary ... Chantal
Philippe du Janerand ... Chaumelle, le scientifique
Marie-Sohna Condé Marie-Sohna Condé ... Mica (as Marie-Sohna Conde)
Lucie Le Bras Lucie Le Bras ... Gaëlle / Sarah à 14 ans
Charlotte Bonnet Charlotte Bonnet ... Suzanne Chaumelle
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Storyline

Everyone has a secret. Twins Sarah and Gaëlle near 25; for ten years, Sarah has been a fundamentalist Carmelite in a Brazilian convent, and Gaëlle has been in prison for a heinous crime. Sarah comes to the attention of Fr. Joachim, a priest and physician; he can find no cause for her debilitating abdominal pain. When Sarah and he are transferred to Paris, Joachim looks for Gaëlle, now on probation and finding no respite from society's approbation. An enterprising reporter is digging into Gaëlle's life, the mother superior of Sarah's convent hovers over her, and Joachim investigates the phenomenon of twin's symmetry. Is there any release from the past? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The truth behind the secret is a lie.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Latin | Portuguese

Release Date:

5 March 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pact of Silence See more »

Filming Locations:

Portugal See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Joachim: I believe in miracles of faith. The power of the soul over the body, and I believe it's not your body that's suffering right now. You can talk to me.
Gaëlle: The priest or the doctor?
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Enchanting
13 December 2003 | by john-broadwaySee all my reviews

A little surprised about some of the negative comments this little gem has received. Still we all have different tastes and expectations.

Personally I found this a delightful film to participate in - yes nearly everything is 'telegraphed' and the mid-story turn points and ending are highly predictable.

It's a story simply told, well acted and directed. I would even go as far to say that you could watch this film in its native language with little or no knowledge of French and without using subtitles* and understand it all.

* The English translation is particularly good and uses common expression rather than the more formal in keeping with the original dialogue - thus it tends to be more European English than American English.

Like a lot of European films it is filmed as a snapshot of real life - at no time do you have to suspend your belief. The story is simply an amalgam of real documented events.

If you like films crafted as Art then this will probably appeal to you. Switch of the phone, put the kids to bed, open a bottle of red wine and chill-out.

The soundtrack is particularly good and cues the emotions and actions perfectly.

Watch the film to its real end. - Under the end credits.


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