The Secrets

The Secrets

Director: Avi Nesher Cast: Fanny Ardant, Ania Bukstein, Michal Shtamler

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
UPC: 0012233381825
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Monterey Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:07:00
Sales rank: 79,206

Special Features

Behind the scenes (includes actor interviews in Hebrew with English subtitles); Deleted scenes; 2 music videos; Photo gallery; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fanny Ardant Anouk
Ania Bukstein Naomi
Michal Shtamler Michel
Adir Miller Yanki
Alma Zak Actor
Tiki Dayan Actor
Dana Ivgy Actor
Talli Oren Actor
Seffi Rivlin Actor
Rivka Michaeli Actor

Technical Credits
Avi Nesher Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michel Abramowicz Cinematographer
Stéphane de Rocquigny Sound/Sound Designer
Moshe Edery Executive Producer
Leon Edery Executive Producer
Hadar Galron Screenwriter
Sharon Harel Executive Producer
André Malignac Executive Producer
Daniel Salomon Score Composer
Isaac Sehayek Editor
Eyal Sela Score Composer
Yoram Shayer Production Designer
Inbal Shuki Costumes/Costume Designer
David Silber Producer
Edgar Tenembaum Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Secrets
1. Chapter 1 [:13]
2. Chapter 2 [6:40]
3. Chapter 3 [7:51]
4. Chapter 4 [6:18]
5. Chapter 5 [6:11]
6. Chapter 6 [8:35]
7. Chapter 7 [7:25]
8. Chapter 8 [5:03]
9. Chapter 9 [7:18]
10. Chapter 10 [6:11]
11. Chapter 11 [3:30]
12. Chapter 12 [9:29]
13. Chapter 13 [5:27]
14. Chapter 14 [8:48]
15. Chapter 15 [12:18]
16. Chapter 16 [11:41]

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The Secrets 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Ziva_Arifin More than 1 year ago
I watched so many Lesbian Films,  This is not an usual Lesbian Film, it's really more than that, worth watching, worth every seconds you've spent, worth every dollars, Entertaining, thought Provoking, but don't watch the ending if you don't wanna cry!. After watching the movie, it's awesome, I'm in love with Ania Bukstein (Naomi) character, especially when she said "I'm not like you, I am not a coward", inspires me so much. But, This film somehow showed me how to be Brave and strong like Naomi, and the art of Letting her go (Letting Michelle go) and Let her be happy with her choice, her determination.¿ I really hope if there will be a sequel for this film. Ania Bukstein deserve an award for her performance in this film. very recommended !
OfraYochi More than 1 year ago
it changed my life
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
THE SECRETS (HA-SODOT) is not only a deeply satisfying film as a story that involves the viewer at every level, but it is also a reminder that certain customs/prejudices of inequality between the sexes still exist. Written with poetic distinction by Hadar Gairon and Avi Nesher (who also sensitively directs the film), THE SECRETS brings us into a world few know and even fewer understand. And it informs us of cultural differences while telling a griping and fascinating story in a way few films are able to imitate. Israel, despite the enlightened quality of life the Jews enjoy, remains a place where the division between men and women may have been erased when it comes to military obligations, but where the orthodox religion very decidedly separates the roles of male and female. Noemi (Ania Bukstein) wishes to 'postpone' her obligated marriage in order to study spiritual matters at the seminary in the ancient Kabalistic seat of Safed. She convinces her father to allow her to study for a year and then return to fulfill her feminine obligation to become a wife and mother. Once enrolled at the seminary Noemi becomes friends with another young 'rebel' girl Michelle (Michal Shtamier) and as their friendship grows they discover a French woman Anouk (Fanny Ardant), apparently living a life of poverty supported by the kindness of the seminary despite her history of imprisonment for murder. Noemi and Michelle study the secrets of the Kabal and become determined to administer the cleansing rituals for Anouk who is dying from cancer. Noemi and Michelle bond and become emotionally and physically committed to each other. Once they have administered the cleansing to Anouk the two girls are expelled from the seminary. They part ways with the hope that they will be together on the outside. Yet once back in the milieu of their society, old customs and rules alter their relationship: tradition conquers. Director Avi Nesher unfolds this delicate story with restraint and taste and encourages the viewer to identify with each of the characters, no matter whether they are male or female, confined in traditional viewpoints or enlightened. Every actor in this large cast is excellent, but the work by Ardant, Bukstein and Shtamier is exemplary. This is a very fine film deserving of a wide audience, In Hebrew and French with subtitles. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago