An exploitation movie that proceeds as if it have been a solemn memorial, “The Secrets We Keep” doesn’t do proper by the Holocaust historical past it invokes — or a lot else. In small-town America across the flip of the 1960s, Maja (Noomi Rapace), a Romanian housewife, spots a stranger whom she believes participated within the assault and homicide of a bunch of ladies that included her and her sister close to the top of World Warfare II.
However after kidnapping the person and holding him at gunpoint, with plans to execute him in a pre-dug grave, Maja loses her nerve and brings him house. There, she imprisons him within the basement and calls for a confession. The person (Joel Kinnaman) says his identify is Thomas, that he’s Swiss, and that Maja should be confused about his id. (“North by Northwest,” wherein Cary Grant is mistaken for somebody he isn’t, is considered one of two titles glimpsed on a marquee, in what will be the film’s concept of a thematically related shout-out.)
Maja’s husband (Chris Messina), a physician, doesn’t know what to imagine, particularly since Maja has by no means revealed her wartime experiences earlier than. The claustrophobic state of affairs cuts mighty near Ariel Dorfman’s play “Death and the Maiden,” the main difference being that Maja, when not pouring liquor down her prisoner’s throat or severing his finger, befriends his sleepless wife (Amy Seimetz), who has her own questions about her husband.
Despite the occasional flashy camera move, Yuval Adler (last year’s “The Operative”) directs with an apparent determination to remove color and light from his imagery. The police and the neighbors demonstrate impressive cluelessness, without which the unearned ending wouldn’t make sense.
The Secrets We Keep
Rated R. Violence past and present. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes. Opening in select theaters. Please consult the guidelines outlined by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention earlier than watching films inside theaters.