Le Secret review

Why you can trust GamesRadar+ Our experts review games, movies and tech over countless hours, so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about our reviews policy.

Co-writer of The Dream Life Of Angels, Virginie Wagon's directorial debut subverts that Gallic movie mainstay, - the ménage à trois, - by making a content mother the adulterous protagonist.

Marie (Anne Coesens) is an encyclopedia saleswoman who orchestrates an affair with a black American client (Tony Todd) but doesn't conceal it from her husband. The raw sex makes comparisons to Last Tango In Paris inevitable but unfair: this is more a drifting waltz into self-awakening.

Wagon skillfully contrasts the mundanity of married life with Marie's salty liaisons. Coesens draws an unshowy, intimate portrait of a woman realising her dormant desires, but the real revelation is Todd. Best known as Candyman's murmuring psycho, his misty enigma and slack-arse seduction technique dominates. Slight stuff, but an ambiguous outcome makes it memorable.

More info

Available platformsMovie

The Total Film team are made up of the finest minds in all of film journalism. They are: Editor Jane Crowther, Deputy Editor Matt Maytum, Reviews Ed Matthew Leyland, News Editor Jordan Farley, and Online Editor Emily Murray. Expect exclusive news, reviews, features, and more from the team behind the smarter movie magazine.