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  • Summary: A Secret follows the saga of a Jewish family in post-World War II Paris. Fran├žois, a solitary, imaginative child, invents for himself a brother as well as the story of his parents` past. But on his fifteenth birthday, he discovers a dark family secret that ties his family`s history to the Holocaust and shatters his illusions forever. Adapted from Philippe Grimbert`s celebrated truth-inspired novel, Memory. (Strand Releasing) Expand
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  1. A complicated family story that takes place in three distinct time periods, and that's handled with astonishing ease and fluidity by director Claude Miller.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    A gripping mystery and an ever-timely reminder of the terrible power of repression and silence.
  3. 83
    A Secret is suitably tense, sad, and deeply poignant as it moves toward an epilogue exploring the idea that everything rots and decays, no mater how well-maintained.
  4. A harrowing and wrenching coming-of-age story.
  5. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    70
    Claude Miller's ravishingly shot drama A Secret gives up its titular mystery early, so it may seem odd to speak of the suspense it generates.
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    70
    Deepened by its complex back-and-forth chronology, deft shifts in perspective, and a significantly counterintuitive color-coding of past and present, A Secret suggests that it's not illicit passion, but rather the crime of denial, that has screwed up this family down the generations.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home.

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