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Secret Things (2002)

Choses secrètes (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 October 2002 (France)
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Coralie Revel Coralie Revel ... Nathalie
Sabrina Seyvecou ... Sandrine
Roger Miremont ... Delacroix (as Roger Mirmont)
Fabrice Deville Fabrice Deville ... Christophe
Blandine Bury Blandine Bury ... Charlotte
Olivier Soler Olivier Soler ... Cadene
Viviane Théophildès Viviane Théophildès ... Mme. Mercier
Dorothée Picard Dorothée Picard ... Delacroix's Mother
Pierre Gabaston Pierre Gabaston ... Bar Patron
María Luisa García ... Sandrine's Mother (as Lisa Hérédia)
Arnaud Goujon Arnaud Goujon ... Personnel Manager
Liès Kidji Liès Kidji ... The Young Thief
Patricia Candido Trinca Patricia Candido Trinca ... Office Employee
Lydia Chopart Lydia Chopart ... Office Employee
Michaël Couvreur Michaël Couvreur ... Office Employee
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Storyline

Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their advantage, and pleasure. Both find positions in the office of a large bank, where bored, under-stimulated, prey are easy pickings. After making their way though several layers of executives at the bank, with destructive, and lucrative, results, they approach Christophe, scion to the bank director. What they don't know is that Christophe is a manipulative voyeur, whose last two lovers set themselves on fire when he rejected them. A connoisseur of high-class orgies, Christophe is only interested in new talent to satisfy the appetites of all whom he controls. In Christophe, the girls have found an opponent who knows all their wiles, and will challenge their simple under-class friendship with levels of jealousy and ecstasy that they have never experienced before. Will they survive? Written by DarkStarZumaBeachSurfinApolcalypseWow

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The delectably twisted fable centers on two penniless but shapely young women who set out to better their social station by manipulating men.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 October 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Things See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,421, 4 January 2004

Gross USA:

$105,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$234,255
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DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#01, with "Ten") See more »

Goofs

The end of the movie is supposed to take place after Nathalie is released from prison, several years after the main plot takes place. Yet the movies advertised on the advertisement pillar in the background (See Spot Run, Town & Country) were released in France around the same weeks as the movies referenced in the main plot's time frame (Sleepwalker etc.). See more »

Quotes

Sandrine: [narrating as we watch Nathalie and her walk through the streets of Paris, eating and drinking at a cafe, while wearing only heels and long coats] It felt funny being naked under our coats in the unsuspecting crowd. Funny, but really pleasant. So we kept it up. I had begun to dare. It gave me a sense of superiority over people I'd pass on the street.
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Connections

References Town & Country (2001) See more »

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Stabat mater RV 621
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Orchestre de la fondation Gulbekian de Lisbonne
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Lyrical Eroticism But Not Exactly Tongue In Cheek
19 August 2006 | by michael-1151See all my reviews

The French do lyricism and erotica well, maybe it's the accents or the actors; more likely, the language itself. Mind you, had this been Demi Moore and Julia Roberts frolicking about, I'd have laughed myself silly; as it is, the two female leads - especially Sabrina Seyvecou - successfully show how powerful a currency sex appeal is. It begins as a feminist fable - the two girls thrown together at a strip club, consorting, exhibiting and daring one another to ever greater public displays of pleasurable posturing between hands and genitals -supposedly, in the belief that, with training, Sandrine can get an office job and sleep her way to the top.

Now, had this been tongue in cheek - and I'm not saying whose tongue, in whose cheek - had M Jean-Claude Brisseau, the director, used a lighter or defter touch, the sensual side would have melted our Haagen-Dazs and there could still have been a thought-provoking moral aspect, reflecting the power of, well, the femme fatale.

As it is, the film gets lost towards the end, implying that the playboy office boss is the real manipulator and the girls are mere pawns. The joyous, impish scenes when the two women dare one another to surreptitiously remove their underwear whilst seated in the subway, are long forgotten. Thankfully, Sabrina Seyvecou's natural charms are sufficient to blot out any significant disappointment. She could conquer my office any time.

I think the Haagen-Dazs has left a stain. At least, I think it's the Haagen-Dazs...


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