• Unrated, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Claude Miller
    In Theaters:
    Jun 5, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 10, 2009
  • Strand Releasing

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Un Secret (A Secret) Reviews

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A harrowing and wrenching coming-of-age story in which François wrestles with the question of identity.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 18, 2008
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Miller, a skilled veteran, reverses the old visual pattern for films with lengthy flashbacks: he shoots the past in color and the (evolving) present in black and white.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

October 3, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The secret uncovered by an adolescent in 1950s Paris is strikingly specific, yet echoes with the history of millions.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 17, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A poignant French film that shows the mysterious power family secrets can have upon our lives and how we see the world.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

September 13, 2008
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

A Secret illuminates the most intimate personal histories against a perfectly detailed political and cultural background. It finds glorious forgiveness where it can, and accepts that when that can't be done, it just can't be done.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News

September 12, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Claude Miller's World War II domestic drama is unusually attentive to the way that the Holocaust disrupted lives that were messy enough to begin with.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 11, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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Claude Miller's ravishingly shot drama gives up its titular mystery early, but there's plenty of cinematic intrigue well after what's covert in this complicated family story becomes overt.

Full Review Source: NPR.org | Original Score: 7/10

September 10, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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What is most impressive about A Secret is the way Mr. Miller artfully and gently gestures toward such enormous themes without spelling them out.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

September 8, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Not very easy to follow, but the twists and turns are gripping and emotional

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 7, 2008
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

Makes for compelling viewing despite many familiar elements.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

September 6, 2008
Marcy Dermansky
About.com

French filmmaker Claude Miller has crafted a traditional, engrossing narrative in A Secret, the story of a Jewish family in France in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Both a gripping mystery and an ever-timely reminder of the terrible power of repression and silence.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 5, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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If identity is at the soul of A Secret, a tragic romance is its heart.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Beautifully acted and exquisitely photographed, director Claude Miller's superb drama, from Philippe Grimbert's autobiographical novel, is awash with the ripples created by unlived lives.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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A clanking, old-fashioned period drama infused with almost unbearable grief, Claude Miller's film A Secret has an enormous significance in France that it can never possess elsewhere.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 5, 2008
Elisabeth Vincentelli
Time Out New York
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A throwback to an era when studios made star-laden, period melodramas that balanced sentiment and weighty issues in the name of entertainment.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

September 4, 2008
Eric Kohn
New York Press

A Secret takes the tired approach of a child viewing history through the quirks of his family, which worked only slightly better in last year's Blame it On Fidel.

Full Review Source: New York Press

September 3, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Transcends the perhaps perceived banality of still another film about the Holocaust with a marvelously nuanced narrative floating through time with memorable characters who never beg for our pity.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 3, 2008
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

A somber and haunting personal film told with the scope of The Godfather trilogy that's sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who sees it.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 8.5/10

September 2, 2008
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

It would be hard to imagine a less necessary Holocaust picture than A Secret.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 2, 2008
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