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Secret Things (2002)

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43

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 12

Pretentious and trashy.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 483

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Two young women try to climb the corporate ladder using their feminine wiles in this erotic melodrama from French director Jean-Claude Brisseau. At the beginning of the film, Nathalie (Coralie Revel) and Sandrine (Sabrina Seyvecou) work in a strip club, where Nathalie wows the customers with her dancing while Sandrine tends bar. After a fight with their boss, both of them are tossed out late one night. Sandrine, a newcomer to Paris, is late paying her rent and can't go back to her apartment, so

Nov 23, 2004

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Imagine Emmanuelle remade on a shoestring budget or Eyes Wide Shut staged by a community theater group.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A lot of sexy stuff wrapped in an obvious morality tale with some philosophical hooey and clunky symbols thrown in to justify the cheap, but undeniable, thrills.

May 14, 2004
Detroit News
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While some might mistake it as a bitter view of sexual politics and empowerment, it's also pretty crass filmmaking.

May 14, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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... a sexy movie.

May 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The film is well made, well acted, cleverly written, photographed by Wilfrid Sempe as if he's a conspirer with the sexual schemers.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Either a highly erotic art film trading in sex, power and morality, or a trashy porno pretending to be deep. After watching two hours of hot young French women having sex with men, each other and themselves, I have to go with the latter.

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Brisseau's filmmaking style is artful and clever ... so it's a pity when he begins to wallow in corny moralising and operatic excesses.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

I wouldn't entirely dismiss it, but I would be reluctant to say I found too much about it that warmed my heart and appeased my soul.

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Brisseau is getting at the heart of human nature and the price of ambition, and he's cutting with a sharp knife, revealing all of its entrails whether you like it or not

November 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Soft-core cornography.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Ridiculous and pretentious and just plain nutty

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Part sexual odyssey (more a sexual inferno), part trenchant sociological exposť.

April 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

While the points it hammers home with all the subtlety of a Vivid Video girl's come-on are anything but pointless, the film begins an inexorable slide into outright silliness by the third act.

April 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

With plenty of girl-on-girl action, this is the movie that photographer David Hamilton would love to make.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The film is interesting, sexy and at times silly.

March 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Secret Things is definitely erotic and will appeal to prurient interests with its soft core pornography. But there is also the tale of ambition...

March 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a cinematic joy ride, an outrageous jaw dropper that explores serious themes under the guise of gaudy entertainment

March 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Secret Things

Two women, both recently fired from a strip club, make a pact to use their sexuality to secure better jobs and to advance themselves in the corporate world.

Not a bad film but not nearly as good as it pretends to be.
August 17, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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Steamy, highly charged, sexual thriller. Call it In the Company of Women. Two women use their considerable charms (very much on display) to climb the corporate ladder and wind up succeeding beyond their dreams. Almost Felliniesque in its imagery, a cautionary tale of sexual power and how love is not something that is subject to rational thought. I have to say this proved more than I expected. The story kept this viewer enthralled, even as I pitied the desperate measures that Nathalie (Coralie Revel) stooped to. For all her conniving, she still came off as an empathetic character. And Sandrine (Sabrina Seyvecou), for all her initial naivete proved the stronger of the two. Lots of eye candy for everyone!
October 4, 2008
Mark Abell

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Totally sexy,for all the right moves,Brisseau is not afraid,French vie sexuelle at its greatest velocity.I felt caressed by the 2 girls' erotic pilgrimage,an asexual I dare say insight.Frames,zooms as cold as they can be keeping us distant and yet surprisingly touched by their "accomplishment".That of sadistic empowerment.
April 30, 2009
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Dimitris Springer

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