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March 9, 2010
This Wednesday, March 10, is French Film Night at Colorado State. The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures presents 'Un Secret,' a movie that was a huge hit with French audiences. The only movie that was more successful played in theatres 20 years before ('La Petite Voleuse').
Come join the crowd of Colorado State and Fort Collins community members who have discovered the International Film Series at CSU!
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is pleased to present French Film Night on Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m in Room 212 of the Eddy Building. The film is free and open to the public.
Un Secret (2007), directed by Claude Miller, is 105 minutes, in color, in French with English subtitles. The film stars Cécile De France, Patrick Bruel, Ludivine Sagnier, Julie Depardieu, and Mathieu Amalric.
The film review that follows was written by Joan Dupont for the New York Times.
"Un Secret is a story is about François, a boy in postwar Paris, who discovers his parents' past, the origin of their passion and their shame. Patrick Bruel plays Maxime the father; Cécile de France, Tania the mother; Ludivine Sagnier, Anna, the mysterious first wife; and Mathieu Amalric, the adult François trying to piece a history together.
Un Secret raises troubling questions about collective memory. Who has the right to portray occupied France, a period when few behaved impeccably? What kind of story should be told or film made about the past?
In Miller's movie, and Grimbert's autobiographical book, the secret reeks of dark incertitudes, the dénouement chills. If the film is moving, it is perhaps because it portrays simple people caught up in forces beyond their control.
We have to wonder how we would have behaved, how many secrets we would have stifled. 'The secret poisoned Maxime's life with the woman he loved,' Miller said. 'In the scene where François glimpses his parents making love, Maxime looks sorrowful and Tania mysterious, and you never understand what erotic impulse made her give into him.'
Maxime, the director said, reminded him of his own father who was not religious: "One day, he had gone to get his yellow star, but there was a line. He took us off to the country, so we missed the war, but when we came back to Paris, it hit us - most of our family was gone. And my father told me, 'Just forget about being Jewish.'
Miller feels that the problem of Jewish identity is even more complex today, with the difference between diasporas, with Israel and Palestine, and with the weight of the past. 'Today, there is an interest in that period because the French have a bad conscience.'"
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