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213 Ratings

Secret Defense

Secret défense

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France, 1998
Drama, Thriller


After scientist Sylvie discovers her brother Paul trying to steal a gun from her lab, he explains that he wishes to avenge the death of their father whom he suspects died at the hands of his business partner.

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Secret Defense Directed by Jacques Rivette

Critics reviews

With suave and feline images by the cinematographer William Lubtchansky, Rivette offers a virtual documentary on modern bourgeois solitude: coffee and cigarettes, computers and telephones, brisk strolls and Métro rides take the place of high adventure… Paris takes on the character of Sylvie’s rueful meditations and unwelcome revelations, and the countryside, seen through Walser’s spattered windshield, silently resounds with the horror of stifled history.
February 03, 2014
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…The most beautiful scenes are perhaps the trips on the subway (one of which is filmed in real time) and train that allow Rivette to prove once again that he is the master of prolonging time… Rivette is not a filmmaker of time, he does not film “death at work,” but bodies and spaces that traffic in death and lead the spectator on a wandering journey that is both fascinating and enchanting.
April 01, 1998
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