Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) Reviews
The two girls are completely different from one another, but they are both very intelligent, and forge a great friendship, which is tested by the relationship they develop with Anouk, a woman which they visit weekly as a community service activity.
In order to help Anouk, who is terminally ill and has arrived to the town seeking redemption, Naomi has to read some cabalistic texts (which is something reserved for men in the conservative society in which she lives), and they have to undergo some risky adventures in order to complete the whole "redemption procedure". Naomi puts her own future at risk in order to do this, and does unthinkable things for someone conservative.
What is truly great is the intense friendship between both girls, which seems to be something more at a given point. A friendship that gets tested to the limit... but survives.
amazing chemistry between the two stunning female leads, was a lil sorry when the film ended.
nice theme song too. shall endeavor to watch more israeli flicks.
To its credit, "The Secrets" handles its exploration of provocative subject matter, set in the world of Orhodox Judaism in Israel, with a good deal of sensitivity. As unpredictable as the movie is, there is also an occasional lack of logic in the plot twists. The secrets of the title go beyond those the female characters may be hiding to those that are being kept from them by the men in the sacred texts that they are discouraged from seriously studying and instead encouraged towards marrying and raising a family. What the movie does encourage all to do is to forgive, no matter the sin or the beliefs involved.
There is enough ground to cover with themes of feminist liberation and homosexuality in a strictly patriarchal society, but those are just a few of the complex subjects ‚??The Secrets‚?? explores. The most powerful of those is about guilt and the need for a spiritual redemption. This is accomplished by a touching storyline about a dying woman (amazing Fanny Ardant) who is denied a chance to repent her sin of murder by the religious community.
‚??The Secrets‚?? is a movie that has nothing easy or simple in it. It‚??s a tale about people‚??s relationships with the divine but the plot relies less on divine intervention than most. The need for ritual cleansing is difficult for me to relate to as a nonbeliever, but here it is depicted so honestly and openly that I felt very much moved by it. That goes for everything else in the movie as well. This is indeed a truly deep and complex drama containing enough smart material for several films. And it carries all that substance with wisdom and grace.
Very strong acting of two main actresses as well as French woman who strongly resembles Candice Bergen.
It was powerful that somewhat looked-down upon relationship of two women can build and somewhat sustain.