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It's most remarkable as a pairing of two inspired actresses with four decades separating them: 25-year-old Elizabeth Olsen, the bewitching star of Martha Marcy May Marlene, and 64-year-old Jessica Lange.
Olsen makes good use of her delicate looks by playing against them, and so some of the best moments of "In Secret" come when the mask of propriety drops and Therese, dead-eyed and fierce, reveals what lurks beneath.
The striking cinematography and rich production design, evoking the lower strata of 1860s Paris, are not enough to mitigate the fact that a suspenseful saga grows tedious and even occasionally ridiculous.
A dispassionate adaptation of Émile Zola's novel that shocked audiences in 1867 with its tale of lust and murder, but now that its let's-kill-my-husband plot has been redone in countless noir films, what was once fresh now plays very stale indeed.