Emile Zola‘s novel, Thérèse Raquin, has been filmed 15 times, and made into two operas. The latest film version, In Secret, shows why the story is so attractive to filmmakers. Zola’s intent was to show the tragedy of “the human beast,” specifically the consequences of humans following their baser instincts.
In Secret is a gorgeous-looking period piece, circa 1860’s France, shot through with crystal-clear sepia tones. Those tones perfectly complement the mesmerizing faces of Elizabeth Olsen, as Thérèse, and Oscar Isaac, as her secret lover Laurent. Thérèse, an orphan, lives with her aunt, Madame Raquin, played nicely by Jessica Lange. Madame Raquin’s son, Camille (Tom Felton, of Harry Potter fame), also Thérèse’s cousin, is sheltered and unworldly, and is soon married to Thérèse, at Madame’s behest.
In order to further his career, Camille moves them to Paris, where Thérèse meets Camille’s friend Laurent. Thérèse and Laurent enter into a torrid affair, and many lives are shattered as a result, with each instance being delectable, naturalistic, period melodrama. – [DVD]
DVD Release Date: 5/20/14