The Secret

October 10th, 2007


The Secret

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A wife and mother passes away, and spirit returns in her daughter's body.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.2/10 (2,166 voted)

Director: Vincent Perez

Stars: David Duchovny, Lili Taylor, Olivia Thirlby

Husband, wife, and daughter have moved from Boston to Williamstown. At 16, Samantha treats her mother shabbily, but when the two of them are in a horrific car crash, the mother wills Sam to live, somehow losing her own life while her spirit enters Sam. Can she convince husband Ben that she's his wife inside his daughter's body, what if he believes her, and can she live Samantha's life (discovering all her daughter's secrets) while she figures out what to do? What's Ben's part in this secret life?

Writers: Ann Cherkis, Hiroshi Saitô

David Duchovny - Dr. Benjamin Marris
Lili Taylor - Hannah Marris
Olivia Thirlby - Samantha Marris
Brendan Sexton III - Ethan
Jane Wheeler - Maggie Adams
Millie Tresierra - Lindsay Porter
Trisha LaFache - Taylor
Ashley Springer - Ian
Laurence Leboeuf - Amelia
Nicole Braber - Female Patient
Trent Pardy - Ski Shop Salesman
Julian Tassielli - ICU Dcctor
Babs Chula - Psychiatrist (as Babz Chula)
Joanna Noyes - Elizabeth - Hannah's Mother
Jay Brazeau - Doug Sullivan

Taglines: Sometimes a gift can be a curse


Official Website: MySpace [France] |

Release Date: 10 October 2007

Filming Locations: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA: (DVD version)

Samantha Marris: You've got a 36 year old wife in the perfect body of a 16 year old. I'm every man's wet dream.

User Review

A superbly acted surprise. Very under the radar.

Rating: 8/10

The story is pretty contrived, but it's easy to look past that because it is more about the relationship between the characters instead of the mystery or whatever of a mother being trapped in her daughter's body. It's a film well worth watching for the superb performances from David Duchovny (who has quickly become a huge obsession of mine) and especially Olivia Thirlby who convincingly portrays this adult soul trapped in her teenage body. She was absolutely brilliant and will probably stay in at least my top ten by the end of the year. Even more impressive was the fact that this was actually her first role ever in film, just other stuff got released before it. The two of them were devastating together and worked so well, which is outstanding because of the age difference. They did a great job of moving seamlessly between such a wide range of emotions from sexual repression to jealousy to anger.


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