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The Secret (2007)

Si j'étais toi (original title)
A wife and mother passes away, and spirit returns in her daughter's body.

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Vincent Perez

Writers:

Ann Cherkis (screenplay), Hiroshi Saitô | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Dr. Benjamin Marris
Lili Taylor ... Hannah Marris
Olivia Thirlby ... Samantha Marris
Brendan Sexton III ... Ethan
Jane Wheeler Jane Wheeler ... Maggie Adams
Millie Tresierra Millie Tresierra ... Lindsay Porter
Trisha LaFache ... Taylor
Ashley Springer ... Ian
Laurence Leboeuf ... Amelia
Nicole Braber Nicole Braber ... Female Patient
Trent Pardy ... Ski Shop Salesman
Julian Tassielli ... ICU Doctor
Babs Chula ... Psychiatrist (as Babz Chula)
Joanna Noyes ... Elizabeth - Hannah's Mother
Jay Brazeau ... Doug Sullivan
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Storyline

Husband, wife, and daughter have moved from Boston to Williamstown. At 16, Samantha treats her mother shabbily, but when the two of them are in a horrific car crash, the mother wills Sam to live, somehow losing her own life while her spirit enters Sam. Can she convince husband Ben that she's his wife inside his daughter's body, what if he believes her, and can she live Samantha's life (discovering all her daughter's secrets) while she figures out what to do? What's Ben's part in this secret life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes a gift can be a curse

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and drug and alcohol use involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$943,117
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Production Co:

EuropaCorp See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Featured on episode #211 on the podcast "How Did This Get Made?". See more »

Quotes

Samantha Marris: I can't get fucking laid, and I'm married!
Dr. Benjamin Marris: Well, I know the fucking feeling!
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Remake of Himitsu (1999) See more »

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Interesting character study that for some reason stars David Duchovny.
13 October 2008 | by Pierre_KirbySee all my reviews

Even though his performance was decent for the most part, it was still horrible casting. Duchovny can do comedy and wit, but show emotion? Too forced Dave, too forced.

The Secret was a good surprise though. After a horrible car crash involving Benjamin Morris's (Duchovny) wife and daughter, the man becomes involved in a horrible occurrence. Turns out, that after dying, the spirit of the mother becomes trapped in the body of the reawakened daughter. Freaky Friday much?

The body swap idea that has been seen from time to time has been given a more mature approach here. The mother has to get an education that she didn't get, via her daughter's body; she also has to experience teenage angst, constant attacks by horny males, and the self realization that she is she, but she is not she. Ben believes her, but things get far more psychologically complex as the movie progresses. Thankfully, nobody asks advice from a priest (about damn time).

The script was well done, but what made it above average were the characters and situations that arose. Plot holes further hurt the movie, not to mention Duchovny's unconvincing portrayal as a father who EASILY gets aroused by her daughter's possessed body. Maybe it was because of the director (Vincent "Crow 2" Perez), or maybe it was because of both.

Now, Olivia. What a magnificent, tour-de-force performance you gave here. You did everything Dave didn't do- convince. People, better watch this one, she has a bright future ahead of her. Lilly Taylor gives a subtle performance here, almost too subtle. You forget about her the minute she stops showing up in the movie. Wait, what she in the movie?

Statement: The Secret is a huge surprise. Almost too huge. I expected a clichéd Dragonfly, but I got an intelligent viewing. Not to mention that this movie features one of the best performances of 2007 by the beautifully talented Olivia Thirlby. You can't expect much more than this I'm afraid, but you won't expect much by looking at the DVD cover.

6.7/10


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