Secret Things (2002)
Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 25
Pretentious and trashy.
Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 12
Pretentious and trashy.
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 483
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
Apr 9, 2003 Wide
Nov 23, 2004
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Imagine Emmanuelle remade on a shoestring budget or Eyes Wide Shut staged by a community theater group.
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.
While some might mistake it as a bitter view of sexual politics and empowerment, it's also pretty crass filmmaking.
The film is well made, well acted, cleverly written, photographed by Wilfrid Sempe as if he's a conspirer with the sexual schemers.
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.
Brisseau's filmmaking style is artful and clever ... so it's a pity when he begins to wallow in corny moralising and operatic excesses.
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.
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
Part sexual odyssey (more a sexual inferno), part trenchant sociological exposť.
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.
With plenty of girl-on-girl action, this is the movie that photographer David Hamilton would love to make.
Secret Things is definitely erotic and will appeal to prurient interests with its soft core pornography. But there is also the tale of ambition...
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