Secret Things

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Pretentious and trashy.

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Two young women try to climb the corporate ladder using their feminine wiles in this erotic melodrama from French director Jean-Claude Brisseau. At the beginning of the film, Nathalie (Coralie Revel) and Sandrine (Sabrina Seyvecou) work in a strip club, where Nathalie wows the customers with her dancing while Sandrine tends bar. After a fight with their boss, both of them are tossed out late one night. Sandrine, a newcomer to Paris, is late paying her rent and can't go back to her apartment, so Nathalie invites her to move in with her. They become lovers, and after occupying themselves for awhile by behaving very naughtily in public, decide to conquer the working world with their powers of seduction. They both find jobs at a seemingly normal company and choose as their target a mild-mannered middle-aged bureaucrat named Delacroix (Roger Mirmont). But the company has some kinky secrets of its own, personified by the owner's son Christophe (Fabrice Deville), a decadent nihilist with a very close relationship with his sister, in whom the women might have met their match.

Cast

Coralie Revel
as Nathalie
Roger Mirmont
as Delacroix
Fabrice Deville
as Christophe
Blandine Bury
as Charlotte
Viviane Theophildes
as Madame Mercier
Dorothee Picard
as Delacroix's Mother
Pierre Gabaston
as Bar Patron
Lisa Heredia
as Sandrine's Mother
Arnaud Goujon
as Personnel Manager
Lies Kidji
as The Young Thief
Patricia Candido Trinca
as Office Employee
Lydia Chopart
as Office Employee
Michael Couvreur
as Office Employee
Boris Le Roy
as Office Employee
Aude Breusse
as Office Employee
Aurelien Geneix
as Man at Party
Alain Couesnon
as Bouncer 1
Bruno SX
as Bouncer 2
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Critic Reviews for Secret Things

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (25)

  • A lot of sexy stuff wrapped in an obvious morality tale with some philosophical hooey and clunky symbols thrown in to justify the cheap, but undeniable, thrills.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: C+

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • While some might mistake it as a bitter view of sexual politics and empowerment, it's also pretty crass filmmaking.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
  • ... a sexy movie.

    May 3, 2004
  • The film is well made, well acted, cleverly written, photographed by Wilfrid Sempe as if he's a conspirer with the sexual schemers.

    Apr 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Either a highly erotic art film trading in sex, power and morality, or a trashy porno pretending to be deep. After watching two hours of hot young French women having sex with men, each other and themselves, I have to go with the latter.

    Apr 29, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There comes a moment in all truly terrible movies when you sense that you couldn't possibly be co-existing on the same planet as the filmmakers.

    Apr 9, 2004 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Secret Things

  • Apr 19, 2009
    Two women, both recently fired from a strip club, make a pact to use their sexuality to secure better jobs and to advance themselves in the corporate world. Not a bad film but not nearly as good as it pretends to be.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2008
    Totally sexy,for all the right moves,Brisseau is not afraid,French vie sexuelle at its greatest velocity.I felt caressed by the 2 girls' erotic pilgrimage,an asexual I dare say insight.Frames,zooms as cold as they can be keeping us distant and yet surprisingly touched by their "accomplishment".That of sadistic empowerment.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2008
    Steamy, highly charged, sexual thriller. Call it In the Company of Women. Two women use their considerable charms (very much on display) to climb the corporate ladder and wind up succeeding beyond their dreams. Almost Felliniesque in its imagery, a cautionary tale of sexual power and how love is not something that is subject to rational thought. I have to say this proved more than I expected. The story kept this viewer enthralled, even as I pitied the desperate measures that Nathalie (Coralie Revel) stooped to. For all her conniving, she still came off as an empathetic character. And Sandrine (Sabrina Seyvecou), for all her initial naivete proved the stronger of the two. Lots of eye candy for everyone!
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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