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A Secret (2007)

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

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Claude Miller

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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

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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:

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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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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 »

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References La Grande Illusion (1937) See more »

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Written by Pascal Sevran/Lozach/Maurice Larcange
Performed by Maurice Larcange
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Love and death
14 January 2014 | by lastliberal-853-253708See all my reviews

All François knew was that his father wasn't overly fond of him. Part of it may have been because he wasn't as athletic as his parents. His father would get upset when he talked of an imaginary "brother."

No one talked of the family secret until he was 14 and Louise (Julie Depardieu) decided he should know. She tells him of life during WWII, and his father's first wife, and his son. Unbeknownst to him, they were all Jews, even though his father never practiced his faith. During the war they escaped France. All except his wife (Ludivine Sagnier) and son. She decided to demonstrate her independence at the wrong time. Of course, she was also upset that her husband (Patrick Bruel) couldn't keep his eyes off her brother's wife (Cécile De France). Who could?

What happened didn't become known until François (Mathieu Amalric) was older. We, the audience knew what was going to happen, but the Jews at the time had no clue. Julie Depardieu really excelled in this engrossing tale. Cécile De France was also very good. It was a brilliant work of art.


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