Details: Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an ultra orthodox rabbi finds herself at a crossroads of life choices when her mother dies and she is expected to immediately marry her father's prodigy. Distressed yet determined, she begs that her father allow her one year to study at a women's religious seminary in Safed, the birthplace of the Kabala in order to prepare herself for the sacrifices she will make as a wife. Her father relents and Naomi's life begins to take an unexpected turn.
Devout but lively, Naomi and her new friend Michelle befriend a beautiful, mysterious older woman, Anouk, (Fanny Ardant) who is ill and living nearby who may or may not be Jewish, and may have committed a crime of passion. Naomi devises a series of rituals which will somehow purify Anouk and purge her of her sins, but as these stretch the borders of Jewish law they must be kept secret. Eventually this journeys into the forbidden and leads to a growing attraction between the two girls and more crossroads are faced. The Secrets presents the complexities of a religious lifestyle in a vibrant environment of youth, rebellion and desire.
"The Secrets is first of all continuously absorbing, which most good films must be. The performances by the three leading actresses are compelling. There's a subplot that's delightful. Avi Nesher's The Secrets, a deeply involving melodrama, has all the devices to draw us into this story. It is gently and powerfully acted. And it is thoughtful about its characters." --Roger Ebert
"The Secrets handles itself with Grace and Charm." --The Village Voice
"One of the most remarkable movies of the year… an engrossing mixture of voluptuous spirituality and incisive sensuality" --The New York Observer
Director: Avi Nesher
Brand: Monterey Video
Edition: English Subtitles of French & Hebrew
- Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
- English (Published), English (Subtitled), French (Original Language)
Release Date: 07-04-2009
Running Time: 127 minutes
Item Condition: New