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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.


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

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Confusing thriller
3 December 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I'm not sure why the Mill Creek Entertainment DVD company decided that this obscurity was worth a re-release on DVD, nor do I know why they put it in a 4 movie collection labelled "Hollywood Hits" - it's a French movie! All that aside, I thought that the movie was a pretty big disappointment. I guess the acting is okay, and the foreign settings give it a novel backdrop. Also, it does make you curious as to how it will end. But the movie is very confusing at times, playing out like it started at chapter two or three instead of the very beginning. As for the ending, I have to admit that I found it very unsatisfying - it's confusing as well. It doesn't help things much that the movie often has a flat and cheap look you would associate with a modestly budgeted European television show, so it's no surprise that the credits reveal that one of the participating companies was TF1. Though TF1 is a major French television network, this production is definitely minor in league.


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