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Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) Reviews

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January 19, 2017
The Kabbalah meets the Kinsey Reports, in this Madonna style mystical erotic brew. And a somewhat biased male take on thwarted female desires, along with simmering same sex homoerotic religious expressive tendencies.
January 19, 2017
Even with rote characterizations and an overheated lesbian subplot, this religion-steeped Israeli tale is entertaining, eye-opening, even cautiously sexy.
January 19, 2017
Excessively overwrought and drawn out.
January 19, 2017
One of the most remarkable movies of the year.
January 19, 2017
Although overlong by about 20 minutes, The Secrets mostly handles its subject matter with grace and charm; its heroine's proud defiance even mitigates a questionably celebratory conclusion.
January 19, 2017
The passionate performances of Ms. Bukstein, Ms. Shtamler and Ms. Ardant lend The Secrets enough emotional solidity to prevent it from entirely dissolving in the suds.
January 19, 2017
Each of the three primary directions of the movie might make a fascinating film, but tied together, they never cohere, and you find yourself sitting through two long hours wondering why you are doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 19, 2017
The Secrets belongs in a mini-tradition of involving films that limn the border where spiritual and sexual awakenings collide and entwine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2017
In some ways, it is a traditional narrative. But it is more. It is gently and powerfully acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2017
There is pain and empowerment in The Secrets as difficult choices are made. There are also gaps, but emotionally moving performances by Ardant, Bukstein and Shtamler in particular, keep you with this small but provocative film until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 19, 2017
Director Nesher has a way of reducing each confrontation to its two-dimensional essence, and he's not helped by a swampy, sentimental musical score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 19, 2017
The Secrets twines coming-out, coming-of-age and coming-to-terms-with-Orthodoxy in a way that diminishes all three -- and dilutes its message with clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 30, 2014
An ambitious mix of mysticism, melodrama, and lesbian romance.
November 17, 2011
The two leads' performances keep the movie on edge, but The Secrets, however absorbing, has few secrets worth keeping.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2010
Nesher's skillful hand as director and the convincing performances of the lead actresses allow both halves of the film to peacefully coexist without becoming overly schmaltzy.
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