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This photo released by Roadside Attractions shows Tom Felton, left, as Camille Raquin and Jessica Lange, as Madame Raquin, in director and screenwriter, Charlie Stratton's film, "In Secret." The story is based on Emile Zola's novel, "Therese Raquin." (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Phil Bray)
Movie review: ‘In Secret’ is grim, but no fairy tale
Film review » Emile Zola’s “Thérèse Raquin” is adapted into an incredibly dark movie.
First Published Feb 20 2014 03:44 pm • Last Updated Feb 20 2014 06:10 pm

"In Secret" could be summed up in one word: grim.

In this adaptation of Emile Zola’s 1867 novel "Thérèse Raquin," a grim young Thérèse, whose mother has just died, is taken by her grim father to live with her grim aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange), and sickly cousin, Camille. When Thérèse (Elizabeth Olsen) grows up, she’s forced to marry cousin Camille (Tom Felton, "Harry Potter") and the little family moves to the grim city of Paris and opens a grim shop.

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‘In Secret’

Opens Friday at the Broadway; rated R for sexual content and brief violence; 107 minutes.

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Thérèse falls in love with Camille’s friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis"), and the two of them come up with a grim plot — kill Camille and make it look like an accident so that they can be together. Of course, there are grim repercussions to their actions, which sends them hurtling toward a grim finale.

There are some very good performances here from Felton and Lange, and sparks fly when Olsen and Isaac are onscreen together. But writer and director Charlie Stratton has taken a very dark story and made it even more — yes — grim.




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