03 September 2008

A Secret

Written & Directed by: Claude Miller
Full credits at IMDb

Grade: B-

At one point in A Secret, the infamous footage of the liberated concentration camps sends a Franco-Jewish schoolboy into a paroxysm of anger. You can sympathize — those emetic films of emaciated prisoners and mass graves are among the grisliest images ever captured; they inevitably provoke visceral responses, and they don’t even have sound. Or color! But that’s the point — the Holocaust doesn’t need, nor can it stand, cinematic embellishment. It’s overwhelming enough. Director Claude Miller, however, seems to disagree; unfortunately, he doesn’t trust his film’s Holocaust tragedy to speak for itself, ultimately sacrificing A Secret’s sporadic subtlety for aggressive tear jerking.

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