May 15, 2014 3:52 pm

In Secret – fim review

A well-acted but scenically unconvincing adaptation of Zola’s ‘Thérèse Raquin’
Oscar Isaac and Elizabeth Olsen in 'In Secret'

Oscar Isaac and Elizabeth Olsen in 'In Secret'

In Secret makes the week an orgy for déjà vu. Elizabeth Olsen, a supporting star in Godzilla, plays Zola’s Thérèse Raquin to Oscar Two Faces of January Isaac’s seducer-painter. For good histrionic measure Jessica Lange, spitting passion, takes a knife and fork to the scenery as the heroine’s guardian aunt.

The scenery needs an attack by cutlery, or some kind of tear-it-apart-and-start-again instrumentation. The movie-settish interiors and street exteriors are all painted grunge green or grunge grey: a one-coat Expressionism bordering on one-brush, broad-stroke miserabilism. No credible Parisian ever lived in this stagy Paris; and you can’t do Zola by disregarding detail or social/topological minutiae. Without them he becomes, as here, a slosh-it-on melodramatist. Olsen, Isaac and Lange, though, are each good enough to keep on call for another, better film of the novel. Maybe by Scorsese? Or Polanski? . . . 


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