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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.

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 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

Gross USA:

$623,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,561,790
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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 »

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References La Grande Illusion (1937) See more »

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Leibdich, Freilech
Written by Aaron Lebedeff
Performed by Myriam Fuks et sa fille Lola Teofanovic
In "Anthology of a Yiddishe Mama"
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A real surprise
27 June 2009 | by hendersonhallSee all my reviews

Having read the comments on this site, after having heard a friend (whose opinions aren't always reliable) say I must see it, I expected a marginally good picture when I rented the DVD. OK, I thought, another personal story about French and German anti-Semitism in WW II. This time my friend was right! A Secret was a knockout. It hit home and revived childhood memories. And it's as much or more about pre-WW II & post-WW II as it is about during. I won't repeat what others have rightly said about the uniformly excellent acting or the directing or the photography, etc. Among the things that hit home to me were the child's (or children's) point of view--SO on target--and the very different types of Jews portrayed in this film. Even though I "knew" (intuited) what would happen to some characters, what actually did happen was better than my imaginings. Its reference to the big illusion (La grande illusion) was apt (as well as the one character who actually saw it). More than one illusion is shattered by this pic, which like my friend I highly recommend.


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