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The Secrets (2007)

Ha-Sodot (original title)
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Two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing, let alone speak out.

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Avi Nesher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Anouk
Ania Bukstein ... Noemi
Michal Shtamler Michal Shtamler ... Michel
Adir Miller ... Yanki
Guri Alfi ... Michael
Dana Ivgy ... Sigi
Talli Oren ... Sheine
Tikva Dayan ... Rabbinit (as Tiki Dayan)
Alma Zack ... Racheli (as Alma Zak)
Seffy Rivlin ... Rabbi Hess (as Sefi Rivlin)
Rivka Michaeli ... Mrs. Meizlish
Yossi Alfi Yossi Alfi ... Rabbi Hillel
Ronit Eitan Ronit Eitan ... Bracha
Efrat Milo Efrat Milo ... Seminary Girl
Sivan Talmor Sivan Talmor ... Seminary Girl
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In The Secrets, two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing, let alone speak out. Naomi, the studious, devoutly religious daughter of a prominent rabbi, convinces her father to postpone her marriage for a year so that she might study at a Jewish seminary for women in the ancient Kabalistic seat of Safed. Naomi's quest for individuality takes a defiant turn when she befriends Michelle, a free-spirited and equally headstrong fellow student. When the pair encounters a mysterious, ailing foreigner with a disturbing past named Anouk (the iconic French actress Fanny Ardant) they begin a risky journey into forbidden realms. In the hopes of easing her suffering, Naomi and Michelle secretly lead Anouk through a series of Kabalistic cleansing rituals. The process opens up overwhelming new horizons for the girls who find themselves caught between the rigid male establishment they grew up in, and the desire to be true to... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity, sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Connections

Featured in Sharon Amrani: Remember His Name (2010) See more »

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Shomer Yisroel
Written by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
Performed by Neshama Carlebach
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It was a dark and stormy night...
4 March 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

It may be a honor to be nominated, but there can only be one winner. Unfortunately this great 2007 film had the misfortune to be competing with The Band's Visit, and outstanding film. Fortunately, it is eligible this year for a GLADD award for a feature film in limited release.

The performances by Fanny Ardant as Anouk, Ania Bukstein as Noemi, and Michal Shtamler as Michel (That's Michelle!) were outstanding.

It was a powerful and fascinating look at a very patriarchal society, and a glimpse that even Jews have differences of opinion on their religion (Are they Protestant?).

Funny, compelling, sure to anger you over the treatment of women, warm and tender: it is an excellent film.


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Country:

France | Israel

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Hebrew | French | English

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,536, 30 November 2008

Gross USA:

$122,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$264,006
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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