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In the present Ronnie is working at a bagel shop in town, while Alice spends most of her days apparently aimlessly walking around town eating junk food, but lying and telling her mother she is searching for employment as per her request. Alice also secretly dreams of finding validation through reality TV stardom, and is shown several times practicing a speech about being a "victim" of the justice system. Alice's mother Helen Manning is a teacher at the elementary school, and it is apparent she and her daughter have a contentious relationship. Helen is ashamed of Alice being overweight, her unsophisticated tastes, and her lack of interest in the kind of things Helen likes. It is also shown in flashback that before the kidnapping Alice and Ronnie were forced to hang out and go to the pool party together by Helen, who showed favoritism toward Ronnie in front of Alice.
EVERY SECRET THING is competently made, and it does a good job of establishing a grim mood. But it ultimately falls flat because it fails to get viewers to root for anyone. Banks' detective is thinly drawn, and some of her best police work seems to stem from lucky hunches. The teenage girls are bitter and broken, and they make every scene they're in dour and disturbing. The movie can take you to dark places, and not because it's so transportive, but because it has few other moods that contour it.
Seven years later Alice and Ronnie are heading home again -- only separately this time, their fragile bond long shattered, their secrets still closely kept. Advised to avoid each other, they enter a world where they essentially have no past. In exchange, they are promised a fresh start, the chance to mold their own future.
What transpired that morning at Glendale High rocks the foundation of an affluent community in Baltimore's distant suburbs, a place that has barely recovered from an earlier, more comprehensible tragedy. For the shell-shocked parents, teachers, administrators, and students, healing must begin with answers to the usual questions -- but only if the answers are safe ones, answers that will lead back to one girl and one family and absolve everyone else.
For Homicide Sgt. Harold Lenhardt, this case is a mystery with more twists than these grief-stricken suburbanites are willing to acknowledge -- and the sole lucid survivor, a girl with a teenager's uncanny knack for stonewalling, strikes him as being less than honest. What is she concealing? Is she trying to protect herself or someone else? Even the simplest secrets can kill -- and kill again if no one is willing to confront them.
Every Secret Thing is one of those mysteries that enjoy keeping you in the dark. It is consistently revealing things to you, often things you never realized you never knew. The movie opens with two young blonde girls attending a birthday party at a country club. Neither is fond of the other or popular with their peers. Their social improprieties get them kicked out of the party early. It is this day which changes the lives of the two girls: curly-haired Alice Manning (Brynne Norquist) and straight-haired Ronnie (Eva Grace Kellner). We don't learn the full extent of the change until much later in the film; in fact, its full impact isn't clarified until the very end.Now in the seeming present day, Alice (Danielle Macdonald) is obese and Ronnie (Dakota Fanning) is slim. The girls, now 18 years old, have not had contact since each served a 7-year sentence in juvenile detention over that day's shadowy episode involving a missing girl. Ronnie now works in a bagel shop. Alice, who likes to walk (with Big Gulp in hand), has reluctantly been applying to jobs at fast food places. Both girls are questioned after a 3-year-old biracial girl goes missing while her mother (Sarah Sokolovic) and the mother's boyfriend (Common) are shopping for a new couch at a furniture store. The similarities between this central mystery/probable crime that drives the plot and the one for which Alice and Ronnie were incarcerated eventually strike Detective Nancy Porter (Elizabeth Banks), who is still haunted by the crime scene she discovered from the incident seven years ago.As the hours since the biracial girl's disappearance pass, our suspicions shuffle. Ronnie acts in a way that suggests guilt. Alice has an alibi. How does Alice's mom (Diane Lane), an elementary school art teacher who seems closer to Ronnie than her own daughter, figure in the mix, if at all? Detective Porter and her partner (Nate Parker) investigate, as the movie slowly sheds light on the childhood incident and how it relates to the current kidnapping.Every Secret Thing passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. That test -- which most films should easily clear, but many do not -- simply requires that a piece of fiction features at least two women who at least once talk about something other than a man. This film is full of female characters. It is based on a 2003 novel of the same name by a woman, detective novelist Laura Lippman. The book was adapted by a woman, filmmaker Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Friends with Money). And although Holofcener does not direct, as she ordinarily does, the director's chair is still filled by a woman, Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg (2006's Deliver Us from Evil, 2012's West of Memphis), making her narrative feature debut. Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand is one of two producers.Given that personnel, you might expect and fear that Every Secret Thing is some corny, toothless thriller designed explicitly for and by women. It is not. The genders of characters (only two principals of whom are male) seem like happenstance, not some deliberate, progressive anti-establishment act. This dark, atmospheric mystery could be the work of many fine, accomplished male filmmakers. Only it happens to be the work of women whose gender has historically been denied chief creative roles in this business. It may not be Gone Girl, but this involving tale did deserve better than being marginalized in twenty theaters for a single week in spring. The material is page-turning human interest stuff and the cast and crew have proven themselves many times over.Berg demonstrates she is more than qualified to film fiction. Holofcener shows she can adapt novels in addition to telling her own personal dramedic stories of class and privilege. The standout actor is relative newcomer Danielle Macdonald, whose weight makes her unlikely to sink her teeth into another role this juicy anytime soon. No matter how unsettling Macdonald's performance may be, she need only look to Precious Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe and Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky as testament to how bleak career prospects are for an overweight young woman, even at a time when Melissa McCarthy is one of the most popular actresses in the world. Interestingly, it is the cast's only Oscar nominee -- Lane -- who proves to be its weakest link, with a characterization that is consistently changing and never remotely believable.Released theatrically by Starz (for whom it quickly became their biggest "hit" to date), Every Secret Thing hits DVD, but not Blu-ray, this week from the company's home video arm Anchor Bay Entertainment. It is ripe for discovery not as some everyone's-talking-about, you-gotta-see Gone Girl-type drama but as a gripping, powerful story capable of surprising many.
The psychological crime thriller revolves around a detective (Banks) who failed to save the life of a missing child from the hands of two young girls (Fanning and Danielle Macdonald). Eight years after the initial incident, another child goes missing in the same town just as the two convicted girls are released from juvenile detention. As the detective races to prevent history from repeating itself, she gets entangled in a web of mysteries that calls everything into question.
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