In Secret

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Terence Gavish

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  • Amazon Customer 2 years ago
    69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A hypnotic, sexy, and unfairly ignored costume drama with an ace cast, April 12, 2014
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    From its first frame onward, In Secret is a Gothic, hypnotic, often sexy, and at times disturbing story of people who, either by choice or because of fate, become imprisoned within negative circumstances and spin further and further out of control. The film opens with a wayward father leaving his daughter, heroine Therese, at the isolated home of his sister and her ill son, Camille. The aunt is portrayed by Jessica Lange with the regal and steely quality in which she now specializes and uses to steal scenes on the television hit American Horror Story. Coming of age, Therese is forced to be at once best friend, guardian angel, and nurse to the wan Camille. Later, she is forced also to be his wife on the eve of the family’s move to Paris. There, they purchase an out-of-the-way shop and reunite with a friendly past acquaintance, Laurent. Artistic, confident, and masculine, Laurent is the antithesis of her husband. He and the previously cold and sequestered Therese become clandestine lovers and plot to stay together at any price.

    In Secret possesses every ingredient of a top-notch costume drama and erotic suspense film. The performances are engaging and vibrant, which is no surprise since leads Elizabeth Olsen (as the adult Therese) and Oscar Isaac (as Laurent) are among the brightest talents of their generation. She in particular perfectly captures the dynamic of her character, a woman who reveals menacing dimensions of her character out of justified desperation to escape her static domestic existence. Each note of anger, desire, fear, and guilt rings true. This authenticity reveals and animates a century-old story, scandalous in its day, for a jaded modern audience. The production itself is gorgeous in its cobwebs and shadows and stones and general grit, with Hungary and Serbia standing in well for 19th-century France. Call it seductive decay, never more so than during a delirious nocturnal visit to a slaughterhouse. And the plot is rich and told with theatrical flair, from the way the character arcs complicate our initial understanding of each player to a spectacular ending which is haunting and, in a macabre way, satisfying in its ghastly inevitability.

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  • Walt Kurtz 2 years ago
    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding Film – A bit of a Gem, May 21, 2014
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    In Secret recalls a time when less was more and audiences were not inured to sex and violence as they are today. Yes the core idea of the protagonist marrying her cousin and then taking his best friend as her lover still has a ring of scandal but it is handled gently and sensitively in this film rather than cudgeling the audience with gratuitous baroque abandon.

    The standout in the cast is Jessica Lange. Her career renaissance has been a pleasure to observe. She takes some big risks here and they pay off hugely. I am so surprised that her name did not come up in awards season. She should have been on someone’s radar.

    Oscar Issac is clearly a star on the rise and it show in his portrayal of the brutish Laurent. He is at turns desirable, deceitful, libertine and lover. Matched with Issac is Elizabeth Olsen whose luminous eyes could light the whole interior of Lange’s drab shop. Olsen is a talented actress and serves the film well.

    Lastly I must mention the supporting players. All are uniformly excellent and it is great to watch skilled character actors ply their craft with such dexterity.

    See In Secret. It is a find.

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