The culmination of Jean-Claude Brisseau’s long exploration of the relationship between power and sexuality. A fable of our capitalist times in which two libertine women seek to destroy men with their sexual power. But finally they are nearly destroyed by an absolute Machiavellian power.
Becoming acquainted with the pernicious pleasures of life can bring unpleasant surprises with it. Two young women enjoy themselves playing games in love and with their fate. Their aim: to conquer men and throw them one by one into a hopeless state of infatuation. They fake orgasms and play the dirtiest tricks. Nathalie is dancer in a nightclub. She initiates Sandrine, who works behind the bar in the club, into pleasure and delight. These smitten – and secretly jealous – sidekicks play games with the men together. They go to work for a large company and there they manipulate Delacroix, the right-hand of the boss, and the other senior personnel. Until the day breaks when their limited experience turns against them. Christophe, the son of the director, is a man who takes no notice of God or commandments. He rules over the women and endangers their plans. Brisseau continued his quest for the secret of female pleasure – an impossible task – and made a flamboyant melodrama filled with dark eroticism. With determination, power and beautify, he manages to portray the heart of desire: female longing. Choses secrètes exposes his characters mercilessly and inevitably, as well as the mechanisms of power and social status. –IFFR
Jean-Claude Brisseau (born 17 July 1944) is a French filmmaker best known for his 2002 film Secret Things (“Choses Secrètes”) and his 2006 film The Exterminating Angels (“Les Anges exterminateurs”).
In 2002 he was arrested on charges of harassment, fined and given a suspended one-year prison sentence. The plaintiffs were three women who had performed sex acts in front of him during their auditions. This was to form the basis of the The Exterminating Angels film.
He was formerly a professor at La Femis (Paris). His film Céline was nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival. At the Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the France Culture Award in 2003 for Secret Things; in 1988 he was awarded the Special Award for the Youth. —Wikipedia
A very steamy French film that starts out innocently enough, with two young women using their sex appeal and cunning to work their way up the corporate ladder. By the end, though, we've delved into full on Sadeian territory as the amoral character of Christophe seeks to deface God with his very existence. The photography and flesh on display are both incredibly appealing. A movie to make one's pulse race.
i saw this in the theater with a friend and we thought that we were all alone in the hall but then we realized that there was a man sitting in the front who was blind..like..literally blind.he seemed pleased,if you know what i mean..