The Secrets We Keep is an 2020 American drama thriller film directed by Yuval Adler, from a screenplay by Adler and Ryan Covington. It stars Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Chris Messina. The film follows a woman who, rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband, kidnaps a man and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her. The Secrets We Keep was to be released in a limited release on September 16, 2020, followed by video on demand on October 16, 2020, by Bleecker Street.
In post-World War II America, Maja Reid is a Romanian refugee who has built a new life with her American husband, Lewis, and their young son, Patrick, but she is still haunted by her dark memories of the war, still having nightmares. While walking on the street, she recognizes a man who she believes is a former German soldier she encountered 15 years ago. She tails him to the house where she sees that he has a wife and two children. The next day, on the pretense that her car broke down, Maja knocks the man out and puts him in the trunk.
Returning to the house, Maja tells Lewis her past memories, saying that she and some other women escaped to Romania where the SS soldiers found them and murdered few of them. She then admits that she has put the man, she thinks is a Nazi war criminal in the trunk of their car, further disturbing Lewis. The two of them then bring the man to the basement and tie him up in the chair. There, Maja interrogates the man, when the latter insists that his name is Thomas Steinmann and that he is Swiss but Maja disputes him, telling him that his name is “Karl” and recounts the background of his war crimes. Thomas attempts to escape and yells for help at the front door but Lewis incapacitates him. When one of the neighbors named Jim is awakened by Thomas’ yell, Maja convinces him that it came from the street. The next day the neighbor accompanied by police and Thomas’ wife, Rachel are going house to house, searching for Rachel’s husband and the source of the screaming the night before. At the clinic where Lewis is working, he looks up a document about Thomas, stating that he is indeed a native from Switzerland.
At the house, Thomas continues to deny Maja’s allegations of Thomas’ crimes until she forces him to say “Zigeuner Fotze” (German word for “Gypsy Cunt”). Throughout the film, a series of flashbacks reveal the German soldiers killing and raping the women. She reveals that her sister Miriah was among the victims. When Thomas is confronted by Lewis, he tells him that he was in Zurich for the whole war and also tells him the name of his acquaintances to prove his whereabouts during the war. Thomas added that he became a naturalized citizen of the United States after he married Rachel, and promises that he will not go to the police because he has a forged travel visa document in order to stay in the U.S.
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