"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." -Inception

Monday, September 13, 2010

Movie Recommendation: Un Secret (A Secret)

After watching the Hereafter trailer, I somehow got to thinking about this movie again.  The film unfolds itself layer after layer and you can't help but be caught up in the story.

Based on the novel by Philippe Grimbert, Un Secret (2007) is a re-examination of a man's memories of his parents and his entire childhood.  A young sickly boy of two athletic parents, Francois tries hard to win the affections of his disappointed father.  While in his teens, he learns the whole truth of his parents' "romance" and difficult family secrets that have been buried down deep emerge.  Cecile de France and Patrick Bruel play Francois' parents, Tania and Maxime and the adult Francois is played by Mathieu Amalric (Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon, Quantum of Solace).

What is not a secret, however, is that the film takes place during World War II France where even though the Grinbergs were Jewish, they considered themselves French first.  Sadly, the rest of the world didn't think so and the unraveling of their once peaceful lives is more than some family members can bear.  A now adult Francois tries to deal with his father and his remaining guilt and tries to bring out the truth once and for all.

Director: Claude Miller; Novel by Philippe Grimbert, Screenplay: Claude Miller; Cinematography: Gerard de Batista; Editing: Veronique Lange

Also in the cast: Julie Depardieu, Ludivine Sagnier, Nathalie Boutefeu, Yves Verhoeven, Valentin Vigourt (Francois at 7 yrs), Quentin Dubuis (Francois at 14 yrs)

Rating:  (4 DVDs)

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