By Rivka Herrera 2-19-14
Everyone interested in love, deception, and murder should definitely see “In Secret.” But if none for those themes appeal to you, then go see the film for its’ all-star cast and spectacular performance.
Director Charles Stratton makes the dull story come to life. In the adaptation of Émile Zola’s novel “Thérèse Raquin” and Neal Bell’s play, “In Secret” captivates audience attention from beginning to end.
The all-star cast includes Elizabeth Olsen who plays Thérèse, along side big names like Jessica Lange (Madame Raquin), Tom Felton (Camille Raquin), and Oscar Isaac (Laurent).
The plot follows the original story line pretty well, Thérèse, left to be cared for by her Aunt, Madame Raquin, grows up alongside her cousin, Camille. The two marry, and the family moves to Paris.
Thérèse (Olsen), a woman of few words, compels the audience to believe the level of her unhappiness; until Camille brings home his childhood friend Laurent and the two begin a torrid affair. Unfortunately, divorce is unprecedented, so Thérèse and Laurent turn to murder to be together, proving love truly makes people crazy.
Olsen’s talent shined when she portrayed Thérèse’s shift from a quiet, unhappy girl to an emotionally damaged murderer. Felton’s interpretation of Camille, a sickly, awkward boy, is as creepy as Draco Malfoy.
The couple, torn apart by guilt, is forced to live with the consequences. Struggling the rest of the film to uphold their morals, and begging the question ‘how will they live?’ You will have to see the film to find out, but it is definitely worth the time.
This film has an intriguing element for everyone, hopeless romantics and cynics alike.