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Secret défense

directed by Jacques Rivette
France 1998
  • 170 min
  • Subtitled in English
    Audio in French
119 Ratings


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.

Our take

If you still don’t know Jacques Rivette—the best kept secret of the original French New Wave directors—this supremely elegant, intangibly mysterious thriller starring the unforgettable Sandrine Bonnaire just might seduce you to join us and others in counting him among the greatest of all filmmakers.

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