The Secret

The Secret (2000)

  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Release Date: 2000-11-01
  • User Rating: 7.1/10 from 106 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 47min
  • Language: Français
  • Production Company: Les Productions Bagheera
  • Production Country: France
  • Director: Virginie Wagon
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From 106 Ratings


Marie, who works as a successful door-to-door encyclopedia salesperson, has been married to her husband Francois for 12 years and has a two-year-old son. Though she is relatively content with her life, she feels something is wanting. Enter 50-year old African-American Bill. Initially she is annoyed by his insouciance, but she finds that she is irresistibly attracted to him. Soon the two are in the midst of sordid illicit affair. She knows little about her new lover, and he seems uninterested in learning about her, but the long sessions of lovemaking are something else entirely. Feeling out of control, Marie is increasingly repelled by her own actions. Psychologically, she struggles to reconcile her torrid encounters with Bill and mundane domestic chores such as bathing her son. Moreover, she finds herself incapable of hiding her adulterous behavior, rather she comes home with scratches and hickeys all over her body, to the devastation Francois.

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  • Anne Coesens

    as Marie
  • Michel Bompoil

    as François
  • Tony Todd

    as Bill
  • Jacqueline Jehanneuf

    as Mère de Marie
  • Aladin Reibel

    as Rémy
  • Quentin Rossi

    as Paul
  • Valérie Vogt

    as Séverine
  • Frédéric Sauzay

    as Luc
  • Natalya Ermilova

    as Ana
  • Charlotte Pradon

    as Mélanie
Camera Jean-Marc Fabre Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Brigitte Slama Costume Design
Writing Erick Zonca Screenplay
Art Brigitte Brassart Production Design
Directing Virginie Wagon Director
Editing Yannick Kergoat Editor
Writing Virginie Wagon Writer