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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
    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
    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
    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
    A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home.

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  1. KenG
    Nov 11, 2008
    I suppose there is an interesting story to tell here, but this movie tells it in such a tedious and (unnecessarily) round-about way, that it sucks all the poignancy, pathos, and power right out of this story. Collapse
  2. SusanC.
    Oct 7, 2008
    Please, don't waste two hours of your lifetime watching this movie.