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The Secret (2007)

Si j'étais toi (original title)
A wife and mother passes away, and spirit returns in her daughter's body.

Director:

Vincent Perez

Writers:

Ann Cherkis (screenplay), Hiroshi Saitô | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Dr. Benjamin Marris
Lili Taylor ... Hannah Marris
Olivia Thirlby ... Samantha Marris
Brendan Sexton III ... Ethan
Jane Wheeler Jane Wheeler ... Maggie Adams
Millie Tresierra Millie Tresierra ... Lindsay Porter
Trisha LaFache ... Taylor
Ashley Springer ... Ian
Laurence Leboeuf ... Amelia
Nicole Braber Nicole Braber ... Female Patient
Trent Pardy ... Ski Shop Salesman
Julian Tassielli ... ICU Doctor
Babs Chula ... Psychiatrist (as Babz Chula)
Joanna Noyes ... Elizabeth - Hannah's Mother
Jay Brazeau ... Doug Sullivan
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Husband, wife, and daughter have moved from Boston to Williamstown. At 16, Samantha treats her mother shabbily, but when the two of them are in a horrific car crash, the mother wills Sam to live, somehow losing her own life while her spirit enters Sam. Can she convince husband Ben that she's his wife inside his daughter's body, what if he believes her, and can she live Samantha's life (discovering all her daughter's secrets) while she figures out what to do? What's Ben's part in this secret life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes a gift can be a curse

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and drug and alcohol use involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$943,117
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EuropaCorp See more »
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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David Duchovny and Lily Taylor worked together in one episode of the 5th season of The X Files See more »

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Samantha Marris: You've got a 36 year old wife in the perfect body of a 16 year old. I'm every man's wet dream.
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Way too good to be direct-to-video. Olivia Thirlby in particular is outstanding.
3 March 2009 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A direct-to-video release in the United States, this French directed film stars Americans and is a remake of a Japanese film called Himitsu. Although the film deals with the supernatural, it is not a J-horror remake. In fact, it's quite a touching and intelligent movie. I think the reason it was never released over here is because it is an intelligent film. The attempts to market it as a thriller, from the title and the video cover, probably wouldn't have worked if it had been released normally. David Duchovny stars as an optometrist whose wife and daughter (Lili Taylor and Olivia Thirlby) get into a serious car accident at the open of the film. His wife passes away in the emergency room, but his daughter survives. As soon as she wakes up, however, she claims not to be the daughter, but the wife trapped in her daughter's body. Smartly, the film doesn't spend too much time with Thirbly's attempts to convince Duchovny – the evidence is overwhelming. The film spends most of its time with the difficulties the peculiar situation raises, especially between the married couple. The two also find evidence, when Thirlby talks in her sleep, that the daughter is still somewhere inside her. They expect she may come back to them one day, but then the wife's personality will disappear. The film is far from perfect. Its best in the small scenes, and worst when director Perez is trying to create set-pieces. You can see the cheapness especially in the emergency room sequence – it looks nothing like an emergency room. The real news here is Olivia Thirlby's performance – her first, if we are to believe the opening credits. And proud this film should be to introduce her – it was obvious enough even in a mediocre film like Juno that Olivia Thirlby was going to be a star. Of the four films I've seen her in so far, this is the best proof that she's a keeper. She plays two different characters, one over twice her own age. The role requires a tour de force performance, and Thirlby delivers one effortlessly.


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