Based on Émile Zola’s scandalous novel, Thérèse Raquin, IN SECRET is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen of "Martha Marcy May Marlene"), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton of the “Harry Potter” franchise), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange). Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominos with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband's alluring childhood friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac of “Inside Llewyn Davis”), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Olsen widens her eyes and parts her lips prettily, but she's a wan, recessive presence and an increasingly problematic one as Therese and Laurent are engulfed by mud and blood.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 02.20.2014
[A] wicked, The Postman Always Rings Twice-style riff on the 19th-century bodice ripper Therese Raquin.Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 02.20.2014
A film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 02.20.2014
Rather than revealing the brutish natures of Zola's characters, the movie's lovers seem simply to be following a yellowed script, more with duty than passion.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 02.20.2014