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A Secret (2007)

Un secret (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 3 October 2007 (France)
A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret.

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

Claude Miller (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Natalie Carter (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cécile de France ... Tania Stirn / Grimbert (as Cécile De France)
Patrick Bruel ... Maxime Nathan Grinberg / Grimbert
Ludivine Sagnier ... Hannah Golda Stirn / Grinberg
Julie Depardieu ... Louise
Mathieu Amalric ... François Grimbert à 37 ans
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Esther
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Georges
Yves Jacques ... Commandant Béraud
Sam Garbarski Sam Garbarski ... Joseph
Orlando Nicoletti Orlando Nicoletti ... Simon Grinberg à 7 ans
Robert Plagnol ... Robert Stirn
Valentin Vigourt Valentin Vigourt ... François Grimbert à 7 ans
Quentin Dubuis Quentin Dubuis ... François Grimbert à 14 ans
Chantal Banlier Chantal Banlier ... Maria
Myriam Fuks Myriam Fuks ... Mère Hannah
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Storyline

In 1953, a sensitive French boy finds out from a neighbor that his family's Jewish. François Grimbert becomes a physician, and gradually peels the layers of his buried family history which resulted in his difficult upbringing, raised as Catholic by his "Aryan" appearing parents. His athletic father labored to stamp out stereotypical Jewish characteristics he perceived in his son, to keep the family's many secrets, as most relatives fought in World War II, and later were hauled off to labor and death camps by the Gestapo. Based on a true story. Written by David Stevens

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

UGC Distribution [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Yiddish | German | Hebrew

Release Date:

3 October 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Secret See more »

Filming Locations:

Felletin, Creuse, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,135, 7 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$623,415, 3 May 2009
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eva Green was considered for the role of Tania and Pascal Elbé for the role of Maxime. See more »

Connections

References La Grande Illusion (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Fin a shtein geboirn
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Performed by Aldo Granato
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Finding Out The Painful Truth
3 February 2009 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

Director Claude Miller ('The Little Thief')has gone and crafted a fine, taut,heartbreaking tale of repression,tragedy & truth,leading to closure. 'A Secret',adapted from the novel of the same name by author Phiiippe Grimbert,concerns a man,Francois,who as a young boy,had the feeling that he had an older brother. When he couldn't get a straight answer from his tight lipped family,he goes on a search for the truth & gets more than he bargained for. The film boasts of a fine cast,including Julie Depardieu,daughter of actor Gerard Depardieu,and the always welcome Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool). The story's pace may be a bit slow for most Western viewers,but waiting it out will be well worth it,for the final solution. The film's visual look is a treat for the eye (with the present day sequences filmed in black & white, and the scenes that take place in the past which were filmed in colour,which may remind some viewers of 'Les Violins Du Bal'). Films like this deserve far better than they get (unlike any & all of the latest cine crapola that feature Pauly Shore or Adam Sandler). No rating,but contains nudity,sexual situations & some gruesome images of concentration camps that would be disturbing to youngsters under 15.


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