THE SECRETS

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Avi Nesher

Avi Nesher, Hadar Galron

 

Fanny Ardant

Ania Bokstein

Michal Shtamler

Adir Miler

 

Metro Communications – David Silber

Artomas Communications – Avi Nesher

 

United King Films – Moshe & Leon Edri

Notting Hill Films - Sharon Harel

Tu Va Voir - Edgard Tenenbaum

 

14 June 2007

35 mm

121 min

Hebrew, French, English

 

Monterey Media Inc.

 

Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an orthodox rabbi finds herself at a crossroads of life choices when her mother dies and she is expected to marry her father's prodigy. She begs that her father allow her one year to study at a women's religious seminary in order to prepare for the sacrifices she will make as a wife and her father relents.

Devout yet lively, her life begins to take an unexpected turn as she and her new school mate, Michelle, befriend a beautiful, mysterious older woman, Anouk (Fanny Ardant), who lives nearby, who may or may not be Jewish, is ill, and may be guilty of a crime of passion. Naomi devises a series of rituals which will somehow purge Anouk of her sins. Eventually this journeys into the forbidden and leads to a growing attraction between the two girls and more crossroads are faced. the Secrets explores the complexities of a religious lifestyle in a vibrant environment of youth, rebellion and desire.

 

Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2007

GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Toronto international Film Festival 2007 – Official selection

Jackson Hole Film Festival 2008 – Winner (Best Writer, Best Picture)