In Secret

2013 R 1h 41m DVD

In Secret

2013 R 1h 41m DVD
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Trapped in a loveless marriage to her insufferable cousin, Therese Raquin seeks solace in the arms of the attentive Laurent LeClaire. But her quest for happiness may lead to tragedy in this big-screen adaptation of Emile Zola's classic novel.
Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Shirley Henderson, Matt Lucas, Mackenzie Crook, John Kavanagh
Charlie Stratton
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that In Secret is a period drama with lots of steamy sex scenes, though there's no explicit nudity. The movie is light on joy and has a fair serving of intense scenes with couples fighting loudly, and sometimes physically. A man is drowned by another and several characters attempt suicide. The material is fairly mature, and tackles such subjects as infidelity, exploitation, and murder.

Sexual Content

A fair amount of steamy sex scenes showing a couple in various compromising positions. Though we don't see any genitals, there are glimpses of a woman's breast from the side.


A man drowns another and it's a knockdown fight that might be hard to watch for sensitive viewers. A husband manhandles his wife in one of many arguments. A woman nearly drowns and two people attempt suicide. A corpse is shown at the morgue in a state of decay.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

On the positive side, the movie shows the downside of the oppression of women in days past, as well as the importance of love and passion in people's lives. On the other hand, the movie dwells on how passion can turn to desperation and mixes sexuality and murder in a disturbing way.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking, mostly in social situations. One scene shows an inebriated couple arguing.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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