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Secret défense

Jacques Rivette France, 1998

Michael Goetz's rating of the film Secret Defense

Other than the length, there is very little here that suggests Rivette's style. Still, this is an excellent thriller-drama. The first hour is the best, everything in constant motion leading to an accident that sets the tone for the more contemplative remainder of the film, in which various buried secrets are gradually revealed. Spending three hours with the great Sandrine Bonnaire is always welcome.