Le Secret


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

Marie (Anne Coesens) has been married for more than 10 years. She has a two-year-old son and a decent husband (Michel Bompoli) and consistently breaks sales records at her job, flogging encyclopaedias. She's happy, she thinks. Or rather, she's not happy, but doesn't know why.

The only thing missing is rampant sex. Her husband has lost the hunger for it, but she has not. She meets a black American choreographer (Tony Todd) through her work, who is taking a sabbatical in Paris. "I do nothing," he says. "I never go out." She solves his problem by whipping off her top.

There is nothing wrong with this film, except predictability. The racial difference is not an issue and Marie's confusion appears understandable, as the marriage begins to crack. She is like an addict, who knows what she does is destructive and yet cannot stop.

The sexual encounters are realistic enough and Coesens does a great job faking it. The tedium sets in for two reasons, repetition and lack of interest. The choreographer is not a person, so much as a man who can't speak French, and Marie is quite boring, really.

Ultimately, affairs are a form of masochism. Watching one unfold is like seeing something die, slowly.

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2001
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A married woman with two-year-old son starts passionate sexual affair with black American in Paris.
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Director: Virginia Wagon

Writer: Virginia Wagon, Erick Zonca

Starring: Anne Coesens, Michel Bompoil, Tony Todd, Quentin Rossi, Jacqueline Jehanneuf, Aladin Reibel, Valérie Vogt, Frédéric Sauzay, Natalya Ermilova, Charlotte Pradon, Jeanne Cellard

Year: 2000

Runtime: 107 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: France


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