Little Secrets | Chicago Reader

Little Secrets

This lightweight 2006 coming-of-age story from Luxembourg begins conventionally, but an agile cast makes it fitfully absorbing. By 1962, Esch-sur-Alzette has emerged from the war's shadows to become a tranquil, prosperous town; the biggest terrors faced by the 12-year-old hero (Ben Hoscheit) are school bullies and a disciplinarian father (Andre Jung of Das Experiment) who prizes order and respectability. The characters' small subterfuges-dad dyeing his hair, his daughter sneaking out on dates, his son buying smokes and comics-are bathed in the same nostalgic glow as the scandal surrounding Nazi collaborators, which diminishes the force of the film's climax. Pol Cruchten directed. In Luxembourgish and Italian with subtitles. 86 min.

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