Secret Things (2002)
aka Choses Secrètes
Genre: Drama | Erotic
Country: France | Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Language: French | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 112mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 768×576 – 25fps – 2.04gb

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?

Do you like well made movies with good acting and cinematography? Do you like trashy exploitation? If you answered yes to both of these questions then this is the movie for you. Some people are frustrated that someone would dare bring a story that belongs in a lurid paperback to screen with the former qualities, calling it cheap erotica with art-house pretensions. This is not true. “Secret Things” never overplays its hand and never asks to be taken as anything but what it is. It does not achieve things that a film like “Last Tango in Paris” does, but it doesn’t try to (a good thing, given that it lacks Marlon Brando…). Instead, it tells a lurid story of manipulation and social climbing that is both quiet and operatic, sexy and repulsive. There’s naked bodies present and food for thought if one is interested. A very well-made movie.


Secret Things (2002)