A harrowing and wrenching coming-of-age story in which François wrestles with the question of identity.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
The secret uncovered by an adolescent in 1950s Paris is strikingly specific, yet echoes with the history of millions.
| Original Score: B
A poignant French film that shows the mysterious power family secrets can have upon our lives and how we see the world.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
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
Not very easy to follow, but the twists and turns are gripping and emotional
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Makes for compelling viewing despite many familiar elements.
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.
Both a gripping mystery and an ever-timely reminder of the terrible power of repression and silence.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
If identity is at the soul of A Secret, a tragic romance is its heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
A throwback to an era when studios made star-laden, period melodramas that balanced sentiment and weighty issues in the name of entertainment.
| Original Score: 4/6
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
It would be hard to imagine a less necessary Holocaust picture than A Secret.
| Original Score: 1.5/4