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Secret défense ()


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In France, terrorist groups and intelligence agencies battle in a merciless war everyday, in the name of radically opposed ideologies. Yet, terrorist and secret agents lead almost the same... See more »

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Alex
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Diane / Lisa
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Pierre
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Ahmed
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Leïla / Chadia
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Al Barad
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Jérémy
Katia Lewkowicz ...
Aline
Kamel Belghazi ...
Aziz
Djemel Barek ...
Khaled
Carim Messalti ...
Hajj
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Danar
Nicolas Marié ...
Fouche
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Salem
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Slim
Saïd Amadis ...
Client Lisa
Catherine Hiegel ...
La mère de Pierre
Jil Milan ...
Homme S.A.
Asil Raïs ...
Quayim
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Daniel
Bertrand Combe ...
Directeur de la recherche
Bertrand Liebert ...
Directeur des opérations
Gérard Lecaillon ...
Directeur du renseignement
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Homme C.E.M.P.
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Conseille Premier Ministre
Reda Samoudi ...
Professeur Langues Orientales
Serge Biavan ...
Directeur commercial groupe Mayer
Eric Dénécé ...
Chimiste
Antoine Sfeir ...
Islamologue
Malek Chebel ...
Analyste
Anne Giudicelli ...
Linguiste
Stéphanie Berthomet ...
Vétérinaire
William Cagnard ...
Acheteur flic
Warren Zavatta ...
Détenu
Paco Boublard ...
Beur
Patrick Guérineau ...
Homme DGSE aéroport
Benjamin Penemaria ...
Skin (as Benjamin Penamaria)
Thierry Angelvy ...
Maton Aziz
Jérémy Bardeau ...
Cadet 1
Joffrey Platel ...
Cadet 2
Didier Nobletz ...
Maton
Mohamed Oubajjit ...
Imam prison
Jean-David Stepler ...
Patrick
Charley Fouquet ...
Blonde
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Interrogateur DGSE
Jean-Pierre Loustau ...
Patron service d'action
Mahmoud Said ...
Ambassadeur jordanien
Célia Levadoux ...
Amie de Jérémy
Nasri Sayegh ...
Islamiste
Driss Roukhe ...
Natrif (as Driss Roukh)
Mohammed Taleb ...
Cheuffeur voiture (as Mohamed Taleb)
Karim Doukkali ...
Ami ex-client Lisa
Abdelghafar Essalfi ...
Sommelier (as Abdel Ghaffer Essalfi)
Lahcen Alhagouchi ...
Moudjahidin passeur
Abdallah Fikiri ...
Chauffeur Al Barad
France Karaguinsky ...
Hôtesse
Bruno Flender ...
Responsable PC sécurité métro
Joëlle Bobbio ...
Passante
Elef Zack ...
Policier métro (as Elef Zach)
Michaël Vander-Meiren ...
Maton Fleury-Mérogis
Amine Lamriki ...
Moudjahidin grotte
Thierry Bois ...
Chef maton
Mustapha Bazadu ...
Moudjahidin grotte
Ruben Alves ...
La nouvelle recrue
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Daouda ...
Agent Sécurité métro
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Inmate
Maryam Muradian
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The pilote
Maria Valdes ...
Une passante

Directed by

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Philippe Haïm

Written by

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Natalie Carter ... (participation) (as Nathalie Carter)
 
Philippe Haïm ... (idea)
 
Julien Sibony ... (written by)

Produced by

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Bénédicte Bellocq ... executive producer
Alexander Emmert ... producer
Souad Lamriki ... executive producer
Yves Marmion ... producer
Olivier Thaon ... executive producer

Music by

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Alexandre Azaria

Cinematography by

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Jérôme Alméras

Film Editing by

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Sylvie Landra

Editorial Department

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Elisa Aboulker ... assistant editor
Ana Antunes ... post-production assistant
Bertrand de Saint Seine ... assistant editor
Natacha Louis ... colorist
Amélie Massoutier ... additional assistant editor
Edouard Perchet ... trainee assistant editor

Production Design by

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Ambre Fernandez

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Alexandrine Mauvezin-Bosque ... (as Sandrine Mauvezin)

Makeup Department

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Frédérique Ney ... key makeup artist
Cécile Pellerin ... key makeup artist
Myriam Roger ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Jacques Arhex ... production manager
Frédéric Dorion ... assistant unit manager
Abraham Goldblat ... post-production manager
Hussein Khedoo ... assistant unit manager
Philippe Le Forestier ... assistant unit manager
Audrey Legendre ... assistant production manager
Emmanuel Libermann ... production manager
Geraldine Scaramela ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dominique Delany ... first assistant director
Eric du Bellay ... assistant director
Victor Holl ... additional assistant director
Amine Lamriki ... first assistant director: morocco
Valerie Paillard ... additional assistant director
Michaël Pierrard ... second assistant director
Marouane Reda ... second assistant director
Aida Zeghari ... co-second assistant director

Art Department

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Candice Dupré ... assistant art director
Eric Gandois ... tattoo designer
Hind Ghazali ... set dresser
Mathieu Jurgenson ... digital artist
Arnaud Putman ... property master
François Willenz ... digital artist
Halima Zniber ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Sébastien Adamczak ... post synchronization
Vincent Breau ... boom operator
Pascal Chauvin ... foley artist
Vincent Cosson ... re-recording mixer
Anne Delacour ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Reddane Fakhreddine ... boom operator
François-Joseph Hors ... re-recording mixer
Frédéric Le Louet ... sound editor
Xavier Marsais ... post-synchronization recording
Vincent Mauduit ... sound editor
Judy Najnudel ... sound assistant
Gréggory Poncelet ... sound recordist
Maxime Saleix ... sound mix technician
Franck Tassel ... foley artist
Jean-Alexandre Villemer ... sound recordist

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Jerome Auliac ... digital compositor
Alain Bignet ... digital compositor
Cyrille Bonjean ... compositing supervisor
Lucie Bories ... digital compositor
Eric Carme ... visual effects artist
Philippe Chotard ... senior systems administrator
Natalène Darfeuille ... visual effects production assistant
Ludivine Ducrocq ... production administration
Christophe Duflaut ... digital compositor: Duran Duboi
Thomas Duval ... visual effects supervisor
Marion Frelat ... visual effects coordinator
David Gourmaud ... visual effects editor
Aurélien Grand ... retouch and restoration
Thibaut Granier ... digital compositor
Jeremy Guetta ... scanner operator
Nicolas Kermel ... digital artist
Nicolas Lacroix ... visual effects coordinator
Julien Lambert ... cg supervisor
Nicolas Leblanc ... digital artist
Elodie Ly Tri ... retouch and restoration
Selim Mondzie ... visual effects artist
Kevin Pacini ... visual effects editor
Benjamin Pelletreau ... digital compositor
Cecile Peltier ... digital compositor
Carlos Perona ... digital artist
Nicolas Rigaud ... digital compositor
Sébastien Rossi ... visual effects
Florian Senand ... digital compositor
Niranjan Siva ... digital compositor
Annabelle Troukens ... visual effects producer

Stunts

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Jean-Marc Bellu ... stunts
Jean-Louis Bonnet ... stunts
Eric Borras ... stunts
William Cagnard ... stunts
Laurent Chevalier ... stunts
William Day ... stunts
Dominique Fouassier ... stunt coordinator
William Gay ... stunts
Cyrille Hertel ... stunts
Sophie Laniel ... stunts
Sophie Lascombes ... stunts
Yannick Lascombes ... stunts
Thierry Latour ... stunts
Benoît Le Follotec ... stunts
Stéphane Margot ... stunts
John Medalin ... stunts (as Jean-Eric Médalin)
Jean-Yves Meynet ... stunts
Alexandre Ottoveggio ... stunts
Daniel Vérité ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Karine Arlot ... third assistant camera
Damien Auriol ... key grip
Simon Blanchard ... additional assistant camera
Julien Coquillet ... grip
Marine Delcourt ... assistant camera
Jan Gagnaire ... grip
Catherine Georges ... unit camera operator
Thibault Grabherr ... gallery photographer / poster photographer / still photographer
Geoffroy Hassoun ... grip
Damien Jousselin ... electrician
Aziz Mourhal ... electrician
Sébastien Plessis ... electrician
Mathieu Quarrit ... grip
Imad Rechiche ... first assistant camera: second unit
Christophe Sournac ... gaffer
Benoît Theunissen ... steadicam operator
Maryline Touret ... additional assistant camera

Casting Department

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Mustapha Grumij ... extras casting
Marie-France Michel ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Emma Bellocq ... assistant costume designer
Abdeliah Bidari ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Miloud Akdim ... assistant location manager
Rabii El Bakki ... assistant location manager (as Rabii Elbakki) / assistant location manager
Fabien Pondevaux ... location scout

Music Department

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Nicolas Duport ... music mixer
Jean Gobinet ... orchestrator
Gisèle Gérard-Tolini ... conductor / orchestrator
Alexandre Hecker ... music editor
Elise Luguern ... music supervisor
Sathy Ngouane ... synths and drums programming

Script and Continuity Department

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Marie Gennesseaux ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Aude Boedec ... production coordinator
Marie-Noëlle Hauville ... production accountant
Christophe Maratier ... armorer
Patrick Ronchin ... travelling car

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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  • Duboi (digital visual effects)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In France, terrorist groups and intelligence agencies battle in a merciless war everyday, in the name of radically opposed ideologies. Yet, terrorist and secret agents lead almost the same lives. Condemned to secrecy, these masters of manipulation follow the same methods. Alex and Al Barad are two of them. The former is the head of the D.G.S.E.'s (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, the French equivalent of the CIA or the MI6) counter-terrorism unit while the latter reigns over a terrorist network, and both fight using the most ruthless of weapons: human beings. Secret Défense (aka Secrets Of State) tells of their secret war through the destinies of Diane, a student recruited by the French secret service, and Pierre, a troubled young man who thinks terrorism will bring him salvation. Trained and indoctrinated for missions which are beyond them, they are both drawn into a chain of events from which they seem incapable of escaping. While they both be sacrificed in the name of their "noble" causes? Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Also Known As
  • Secret Defense (Canada, English title)
  • Secret Defense (World-wide, English title)
  • Secret Defense (State Secret) (Canada, English title)
  • Secrets of State (World-wide, English title)
  • Geheimsache (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend France EUR1,038,041, 14 Dec 2008

Did You Know?

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Trivia Approximately 70% of the film was shot with hand-held cameras. See more »
Goofs DGSE headquarters are shown in La Défense (west of Paris) whereas the real headquarters of the DGSE is in the eastern part of Paris See more »
Movie Connections Featured in En bonne intelligence (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Space Weaver See more »

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