Secret Défense

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In this French-Swiss-Italian murder mystery, medical researcher Sylvie discovers that her brother Paul, having found new incriminating evidence, is planning to kill Walser, the man who gained control of their dad's high-tech company after his death. To protect Paul, Sylvie plans to kill Walser herself, but is he really guilty?

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Critic Reviews for Secret Défense

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | 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…
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  • 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…
  • Thanks to Bonnaire's characteristically intelligent performance, the circumlocutions hold some interest, proving again that since her discovery by Pialat she has become the most uncompromising of French actresses.

    November 12, 2007 | Full Review…

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