UN SECRET
A SECRET


DIRECTOR
Claude Miller

SCREENPLAY
Philippe Grimbert & Claude Miller

CAST
Tania: Cécile de France
Maxime: Patrick Bruel
Hannah: Ludivine Sagnier
Louise: Julie Depardieu
37 years-old François: Mathieu Amalric

AWARDS
Best Supporting Actress (Julie Depardieu), César Awards (2008)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
Strand Releasing

RUNNING TIME 110’
PRODUCTION France, 2007
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE 35mm, DVD (color and B&W)




“What is most impressive about “A Secret” is the way Mr. Miller artfully and gently gestures toward such enormous themes without spelling them out. Nearly every melodramatic impulse has been suppressed in favor of a calm precision that serves both to intensify and delay the emotional impact of the film’s climactic disclosures.”

A. O. Scott, New York Times


A Secret follows the life of a Jewish family in post-World War II Paris. François, the son of Maxime and Tania, is a solitary and imaginative child who invents for himself a brother and the story of his parents’ past. One day, he discovers a dark family secret that shatters his life forever: before the war and well before François’s birth, his father Maxime was married to Hannah with whom he had a son. At a wedding Maxime met Tania, a young, athletic and beautiful swimmer. He felt madly in love but decided to remain faithful to Hannah. When the Nazis invaded France, their Jewish families and friends were deeply divided on what action to take and how they should live their religion and cultural heritage as Jews. Maxime decided to move his family to the free zone and left ahead of them. On her way with her son to meet Maxime, Hannah made a decision that would change her life and that of her family forever, leaving both Maxime and Tania to make difficult choices to survive the war. With the birth of François, the pair started a new family in post-war France, hoping that the existence of Hannah and her son would remain a secret. When François discovers the truth, the family will be forced to revisit their difficult past.

 

 

 

 

 



 
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