Director: Yuval Adler
Writer: Ryan Covington, Yuval Adler (Screenplay)
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Messina, Jackson Dean Vincent, Amy Seimetz, Muluette Nalin, Jeff Pope
Plot: In post-WWII America, a woman, rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband, kidnaps her neighbor and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her.
Tagline – A quiet neighborhood. A deadly past.
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Secrets We Keep starts in the aftermath of World War II, a Romania woman Maja (Rapace) has married an American doctor Lewis (Messina), with the pair running the local clinic.
When Maja notices a new stranger in the town, Thomas (Kinnaman), she becomes convinced he is the man that put her and her family through horrific war crimes, which will see her kidnap him, demanding the truth to come out before considering letting him go, while Lewis, looks to dive into the past, to figure out which one of the twos stories is true.
Thoughts on The Secret We Keep
Thoughts – The Secrets We Keep is a thriller that will show us one of the many stories of survivors from war crimes in World War II and what they would do if they could get their hands on the person they believe to be behind them, giving us the fine balance of whether the man in question is innocent, or really the man that did these horrific things to Maja family. It will show how both sides will have looked to move on and how both sides could be seen as just the nightmares of what they experienced. We will get the bigger question on what would happen if this had happened to you, where would you stand on revenge side of things. The performance in this film are brilliant with all three leads showing the sides of their character that will have been pushed to the extremes from before and after the war. The small town location proves to us where the people might go to hide after the war, showing us that you might never know what your neighbour had done or been through in the post-World War II world
Final Thoughts – The Secrets We Keep is a tense thriller highlight the new lives both victims and war criminals might try to have despite being haunted by their pasts.