Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Secret

Opens September 10, 2008 | Runtime:1 hr. 45 min.

A Secret | Synopsis
Informed that his elderly father has mysteriously disappeared, anxious Parisian Francois (Mathieu Amalric) recalls his tragic family history in director Claude Miller's adaptation of the fact-based novel by author Philippe Grimbert. As a sickly young child, Francois (Valentin Vigourt) instinctively knew that he was a disappointment to his champion swimmer mother Tania (Cecile de France) and gymnast father Maxime (Patrik Bruel). While Francois does find some amount of solace in his friendship with kindly masseuse Louise (Julie Depardieu), his discovery of a strange toy in the attic causes his parents to act more strangely towards him than ever before. Feeling sympathetic towards the young boy, Louise eventually reveals to Francois that he once had a half-brother, and that his parents weren't drawn together by fairytale romance but through violence and strife. Back before the war, Maxime became engaged to the beautiful Hannah (Ludivine Sagnier). While Hannah's parent's were keenly aware of the ominous implications of Hitler's rise to power, Maxime worried little since he always considered himself French first and foremost. At the wedding, however, Maxime finds his gaze frequently wandering from his fetching bride to athletic beauty Tania. Later, after the happily married bride gives birth to a handsome young boy named Simon (Orlando Nicoletti), the Nazis invade and the once-happy family is torn violently asunder. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Cast: C├ęcile De France, Patrick Bruel, Ludivine Sagnier, Julie Depardieu, Mathieu Amalric
Director: Claude Miller
Genres: Period Film, Drama, Family Drama

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