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Les Choses Secrets [DVD]

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  • Actors: Coralie Revel, Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Mirmont, Fabrice Deville, Blandine Bury
  • Directors: Jean-Claude Brisseau
  • Producers: Jean-Claude Brisseau, Jean-Francois Geneix
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X7998
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,837 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Controversial French erotic drama following two young women who decide to use their bodies to manipulate men and climb the corporate ladder. Nathalie (Coralie Revel) and Sandrine (Sabrina Seyvecou) are fired from their jobs in a strip club for refusing to have sex with a patron. Moving in together, the two women become lovers and decide to use their sexuality to advance their position in life, taking on jobs at a local management company and quickly sleeping their way up the corporate hierarchy. But when they meet Christophe (Fabrice Deville), the twisted son of the company's owner, the girls might just have met their match.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 7 Jan. 2008
This is one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. This is the reason why I trawl through dreadful pretentious French movies, because they have an annoying habit of making the occasional great film.

That bit in Mulholland Drive two hours in when the two female characters have sex was an interesting scene. Well imagine a film that has scenes like that (both in content and power) every five or so minutes. This film makes so-called erotic films like Eyes Wide Shut and Basic Instinct look laughable. It's brief shot of the orgy at the end alone makes Eyes Wide Shut look pathetic.

If you're searching for the world's best porn film then you've found it. It's very graphic and if you were to say to me that the BBFC are a bunch of prudes then I would laugh at you. How this has an 18 certificate amazes me.

It has well drawn characters, has a real plot of substance and is also a fast paced movie. The film is almost without pretensions, which is almost unheard of from a French film. Whatever few pretentious bits there are, I found to be completely acceptable. Some people might balk at the direction the film takes in the last forty or so minutes, but I think it made complete sense. I got it. I was on the film's wavelength so I accepted every odd curve the film threw at me.

It also has a very striking opening when a private moment turns out to be not so private when the camera pans. I knew she was in a theatre, but I was shocked at how public a performance it was.

If you like the great surrealist film Belle De Jour (about a bored housewife who joins a brothel) then this is a must see. Also I would recommend the excellent Death In A French Garden, an explicit thriller from the 80's.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. Napier on 13 Aug. 2010
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This film is an answer to anyone who has ever wondered whether it is possible to make a film where erotic scenes form an organic part of a drama without somehow overbalancing it.

For me, the only such scene that actually worked was number two, where the "innocent" of the two female leads is talked through masturbation. The opening sex show sequence left me cold, despite the obvious qualifications of Coralie Revel, and the subsequent ones became, again for me, less convincing as they became more ambitious. I should say here, so that we all know what we're talking about, that none are hard core or explicit: there is a glimpse of an erect penis in the totally unconvincing orgy scene at the end, but no visibly penetrative sex.

That brings me to another question. Now that the Internet is awash with free pornography, will soft porn scenes titillate the viewers at all? I think not unless they are very well done, as is the one that I mention above, where Sabrina Seyvecou shows herself (if you'll forgive the expression) to be a superb actress. It seems to me that having spent the last fifty years tempting cinemagoers in with steadily more explicit sex scenes, the industry really has reached the point where it's just not going to work any more.

However, this film has more going for it. It's a very odd mix of soft porn and serious drama and the serious drama, with typically French existential musings towards the end (including the use by the demonic hero Christophe of the passé simple) is on the whole remarkably well done. I should also add, for the benefit of anyone following the French dialogue, that the French is good, so despite the fairly humble social circumstances of our two upwardly-mobile heroines, this is really a bourgeois film.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 22 Jun. 2006
This is quite an interesting film....sort of a cross between In the Company of Men and Eyes Wide Shut. Two women (one confident, one less so) meet up and decide to use their sexuality to boost their careers. Some of the dialogue, particuarly in the earlier scenes, is quite perceptive and honest.

As the women embark on their conquests, the film inevitably take a dark turn as they come across the outright predator at the top of the organisation. The plot does border a little on the ridiculous at time but it is served up with a no end of style. Well worth a view....sexy, very French, perceptive and edgy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ladyluck on 15 April 2012
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This French film is tasteful, erotic and actually has a story line. I watched it with my partner and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is erotic rather than graphic but that makes for its appeal - the suggestiveness adds to the allure. There is one explicit orgy scene at a wedding but other than that, the lesbianism and normal sex is exciting but never vulgar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacksragingbileduct on 22 May 2010
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A little slow in places but stick with it. An interesting look at sex, power, friendship, careers & life choses.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2008
Some films contain sex just for the sake of it, but in Chose Secretes it feels right. Sex is central to the films story of two women using their bodies to advance up the career ladder.

Nathalie is an outgoing woman comfortable with using her body, the initial scene is one of her performing solo on stage (and this isn't karaoke). She and the younger, less extrovert Sandrine find themselves out of a job (and in the case of Sandrine, unable to return to her flat) and so they plan to use men to develop their careers.

It might seem shallow, but the two main characters aren't boring two dimensional ones - they are doing what they do because they feel let down by life and feel they have assets they can use. The first two thirds of the film are very good, it leads up to, and includes Sandrine's enticing of senior manager Delacroix, and this part of the film is the strongest. The relationship with Delacroix develops slowly at first as Sandrine makes subtle amounts of physical contact and leans in over his shoulder at work - but it gathers momentum. It's gripping stuff too - you begin to wonder if Sandrine might start to fall in love with Delacroix.

Christophe however is the main target of the girls - he is the son of the chairman and heir to the company. He is known for his womanising and lack of emotion. He will prove a challenge. The mystery surrounding Nathalie's activities is revealed and the film comes to dramatic climax.

The film is excellently acted, the performances all seem natural apart from that of Christophe, but his character is meant to be `un-natural', he doesn't possess the same emotions or ethics of a `normal' man. I would have rated this film quite highly but I feel that the story around Christophe at the end of the film let it down.
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