Un Secret (A Secret) Reviews

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
A harrowing and wrenching coming-of-age story in which François wrestles with the question of identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 3, 2008
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2008
The secret uncovered by an adolescent in 1950s Paris is strikingly specific, yet echoes with the history of millions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 13, 2008
A poignant French film that shows the mysterious power family secrets can have upon our lives and how we see the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
September 12, 2008
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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 11, 2008
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.
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Bob Mondello
September 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 8, 2008
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 7, 2008
Not very easy to follow, but the twists and turns are gripping and emotional
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Boyd van Hoeij
September 6, 2008
Makes for compelling viewing despite many familiar elements.
Marcy Dermansky
September 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 5, 2008
Both a gripping mystery and an ever-timely reminder of the terrible power of repression and silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 5, 2008
If identity is at the soul of A Secret, a tragic romance is its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
September 5, 2008
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.
Eric Kohn
New York Press
September 3, 2008
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 3, 2008
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.
Edward Douglas
September 2, 2008
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 | Original Score: 8.5/10
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 2, 2008
It would be hard to imagine a less necessary Holocaust picture than A Secret.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
mia allokoti domi tainias mesa se tainia poy diakoptetai apo alli tainia, ospoy sto telos ksehnas kai poio itan to mystiko, kai poios einai o allos poy soy to ekrybe, kai pote emfanistike aytos poy tha to mathei kai giati soy to lene esena stin teliki.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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