• Unrated, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Claude Miller
    In Theaters:
    Jun 5, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 10, 2009
  • Strand Releasing
  • A Secret
    2 minutes 55 seconds
    Added: Aug 13, 2008


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Un Secret (A Secret) Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Elisabeth Vincentelli
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

It is a deeply moving and heartfelt story that makes an indelible impression on the viewers' hearts and minds.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 4, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
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The title of this movie suggests the difficulty in writing about it. You can't reveal a secret without spoiling it, and in this intriguing, complex family drama spread out over several time frames covering half a century, the secrets keep on coming

Full Review Source: Film.com

March 6, 2009
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

In Un Secret, French filmmaker Claude Miller expertly weaves together a family history, merging the personal and political, the celebratory and the tragic, while incorporating three distinct time periods.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

February 27, 2009
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2009
Stan Hall

Sagnier beautifully plays the most crucial moment. She's part of a fine ensemble cast that somewhat obscures the heavy-handed symbolism and punch-pulling finale.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 9, 2009
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Avoiding histrionics and overstatement, Un Secret reveals a story about a family's past suffering that may not be unique, but in this telling is quietly powerful.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

December 31, 2008
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

Miller's lyrical use of fleshy details, such as the way de France's black bathing suit clings to her proud body, brings his movie a tactile humanity.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 30, 2008
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

Miller and his excellent cast create characters whom we can understand and even empathize with, even as they commit horrible breaches of faith.

November 12, 2008
Nora Lee Mandel

Beautifully and poignantly captures the complexities of being a Jew in France from the 1930's to the present, where layers of a family's history are revealed by jumping back and forth in time.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 10/10

November 1, 2008
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

A remarkable film with an unusual story.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 18, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Suitably tense, sad, and deeply poignant.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

October 18, 2008
Harvey S. Karten

Given its crackerjack performances and fine evocation of period, Miller's film has already been a popular offering in Paris and should not long remain a secret from sophisticated moviegoers when it opens in the States.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

October 18, 2008
Dennis Harvey
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A fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

I was not prepared for the climactic emotional devastation, but as all the pieces fall into place, the film crystallises as perfectly as Tania's flawless backward high dive piercing through the clear water with beauty and precision.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The acting is exceptional. If parts of A Secret veer toward soap opera, the ensemble work reduces the suds to a minimum.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Matthew Turner

Engaging wartime drama that pulls off a bold narrative shift, thanks to impressive direction and superb performances from a talented ensemble cast.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
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
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