Director: Claude Miller (France – 2007)
Claude Miller’s glossy, overstuffed adaptation of Philippe Grimbert’s popular French novel centres on gawky, French-Jewish boy Francois (Quentin Dubuis), who uncovers his parents’ devastating experiences during WWII.
Told primarily in flashback and shot with period-piece elegance, Miller’s film recoils from a potentially disturbing investigation and favours an aesthetic distance. Although well performed by its strong cast, ‘A Secret’ is an emotionally void affair that serves only to reduce the horrors of war to the stuff of kitsch.
Time Out (London) – Issue 1991 – 16th October 2008 – Page 82