Rotterdam veteran Raúl Ruiz wrote the screenplay for this film, based on an idea by his wife Valeria Sarmiento, who was in turn responsible for directing. The result has the same deceptive simplicity as the work of Ruiz himself, and allows itself to be typified as professional amateurism.
Secretos is a light-footed comedy with a dark edge, about several former Chilean revolutionaries who - as the title betrays - all have their own secrets. A man nicknamed El Traitor returns from exile in Paris to his home country and tries to pick up and rediscover his old life, revealed in flashbacks. It soon becomes clear that intimate personal contact is more important than all kinds of lofty ideals; in other words: it's not the battle for a just world that makes you a better person, but a radical love for your nearest and dearest. This solidarity is demonstrated in the opening scene, when a young Chilean crook in a Paris lift abandons his robbery when he realises his victim is a compatriot. The compact scenes are linked together by the sounds of a barrel organ that provide a continual undertone putting things in perspective. At a certain moment it comes into view like a Hitchcock apparition.

International title
Secrets
Filmmaker
Valeria Sarmiento
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Chile, France
Year
2008
Medium
35mm
Length
89’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Christian Aspèe, François Margolin
Production Company
Suricato Eirl, Margo Cinema
Sales
Suricato Eirl
Writer
Raúl Ruiz
Cinematography
Acacio De Almeida
Editor
Béatrice Clerico
Production Design
Leticia Kausel
Sound Design
Felipe Zabala
Music
Jorge Arriagada
Cast
Claudia Di Girolamo, Sergio Hernandez