Un secret

Un secret

DVD - 2008 | French
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A young boy who has a vivid imagination dreams up a brother for himself and a better past for his family. On his 15th birthday he finds his dreams shattered when he uncovers a shocking secret that ties his family to the Holocaust.
Publisher: [Los Angeles] : Strand Releasing, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: FRE DVD FEATURE SEC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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biny
Jan 05, 2017

Hannah's Choice.

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8217549
Dec 11, 2013

In 1953, a sensitive French boy finds out from a neighbor that his family's Jewish. François Grimbert becomes a physician, and gradually peels the layers of his buried family history which resulted in his difficult upbringing, raised as Catholic by his "Aryan" appearing parents. His athletic father labored to stamp out stereotypical Jewish characteristics he perceived in his son, to keep the family's many secrets, as most relatives fought in World War II, and later were hauled off to labor and death camps by the Gestapo. Based on a true story.

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eusebius
Dec 10, 2013

A film with solid performances, particularly from Cecile de France, about a painful episode in French history.

EuSei May 29, 2013

May contain spoilers. This movie starts nice, flows just right until something quite unusual—more like awkward and unlikely—happens: a Jewish mother puts her small son deliberately in the hands of the Nazi. As a mother I know any normal mother would rather die than harm her children. The character never showed any signs of abnormality throughout the entire movie, so her change was so abrupt and unlikely the entire movie crumbled afterwards. And the family friend telling a teen boy, who obviously had certain issues, the horrid story of his brother is so cruel its unlikeliness just makes it worse; and the boy never having any sequels from this experience is another unlike outcome. It seems to me the author did not know how to insert the new wife in the story and created that ridiculous situation. He lost me completely and the visual joy was not so great as to pale these and other mistakes.

voisjoe1 Jan 07, 2013

“A Secret,” by the acclaimed Jewish director, Claude Miller, tells the tragic story of French Jews deported by Vichy French, while relatives with secrets of lust, adultery, and guilt successfully escape. Miller often deals with such complex psychological studies, for example, his acclaimed movie “Class Trip” (voted the third best movie at Cannes). Mathieu Amalric plays a small role and in this same year he won awards for his starring role in the highly acclaimed film, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

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Livresjrg
Jul 30, 2011

A fascinating look at a family residing in an immigrant community in the french banlieue. Definitely recommend, especially to those who want to learn more about contemporary France.

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CalicoJack
Nov 20, 2010

This polished, reserved, predictably tragic Holocaust reconciliation narrative traces the effects of World War II on four generations of a Jewish family living in Nazi-occupied France. Among a strong cast, female lead Cécile De France & child actor Orlando Nicoletti are especially charismatic. And I hope it won't sound disrespectful to the gravity of the subject-matter when I say that De France is absolutely stunning in period outfits befitting her character's job in a French fashion house.

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