There are profound truths about life in Secret Things. They're a bit hidden and hard to see, and sometimes watered down by the Caligula orgies and the mythmaking drawn-out monologues, but they are there, the literal trappings of sex and power and the petit et grandes morts to suffer, cascading. Watch the corridor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_D_-tiN7D0
The least of Brisseau's erotic cycle is at its best when showcasing the playful sexuality of its central characters & their attempts to exploit the male-dominated world of office politics. Later shifts towards post-Eyes Wide Shut level psychodrama & proto-Fifty Shades style S&M horror plunge the movie towards a level of self-parody, with none of the deeper existentialism that elevated the filmmaker's subsequent work.
"The auditions called for the young women to masturbate themselves or one another in hotel rooms or in public places. Mr Brisseau sometimes filmed the sessions, but not always. According to the actors, the director sometimes masturbated himself - a claim he recognised during the investigation but denied during the trial." http://www.theguardian.com/film/2005/dec/20/news
The film looks awful and the cast is horrible. Shame as could have been a good one but very sensationalist and predictable with some good potential at some point. Very tacky style and can't stress enough how badly casted and not only bad acting on especially lead character and that horrible "evil" guy but also very boring people in general and just bad lighting etc. Shame as the story was interesting.
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.