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A woman (Sandrine Bonnaire) tries to protect her brother by going after the suspected killer of their father.

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Critic Reviews for Secret Defense

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

  • With suave and feline images by the cinematographer William Lubtchansky, Rivette offers a virtual documentary on modern bourgeois solitude ...

    February 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The brooding intimations of Greek tragedy are part of what keeps this 170-minute thriller fascinating throughout.

    November 12, 2007 | Full Review…
  • For all its mysteries, the movie thoroughly repudiates suspense.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Hermetic and somewhat opaque, this perfectly symmetrical tragedy is not for every taste. For those willing to enter the Rivette zone, however, it's a chess puzzle devised by a grand master.

    November 13, 2001
  • As the glacially paced film inches forward with its halting conversations and accusatory glances, it tests your patience. And when the truth ultimately tumbles out and more violence erupts, don't expect a catharsis.

    November 13, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Yes, it's long, but Bonnaire holds it together with a statuesques and human performance, and whilst not Rivette's best, this is still a fascinating example of his work.

    November 13, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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