The SecretOctober 10, 2007
A wife and mother passes away, and spirit returns in her daughter's body.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 6.2/10 (2,166 voted)
Stars: David Duchovny, Lili Taylor, Olivia Thirlby
Husband, wife, and daughter have moved from Boston to Williamstown. At 16, Samantha treats her mother shabbily, but when the two of them are in a horrific car crash, the mother wills Sam to live, somehow losing her own life while her spirit enters Sam. Can she convince husband Ben that she's his wife inside his daughter's body, what if he believes her, and can she live Samantha's life (discovering all her daughter's secrets) while she figures out what to do? What's Ben's part in this secret life?
Writers: Ann Cherkis, Hiroshi Saitô
Dr. Benjamin Marris
Brendan Sexton III
Ski Shop Salesman
(as Babz Chula)
Elizabeth – Hannah's Mother
Sometimes a gift can be a curse
Release Date: 10 October 2007
Filming Locations: Montréal, Québec, Canada
You've got a 36 year old wife in the perfect body of a 16 year old. I'm every man's wet dream.
A superbly acted surprise. Very under the radar.
The story is pretty contrived, but it's easy to look past that because
it is more about the relationship between the characters instead of the
mystery or whatever of a mother being trapped in her daughter's body.
It's a film well worth watching for the superb performances from David
Duchovny (who has quickly become a huge obsession of mine) and
especially Olivia Thirlby who convincingly portrays this adult soul
trapped in her teenage body. She was absolutely brilliant and will
probably stay in at least my top ten by the end of the year. Even more
impressive was the fact that this was actually her first role ever in
film, just other stuff got released before it. The two of them were
devastating together and worked so well, which is outstanding because
of the age difference. They did a great job of moving seamlessly
between such a wide range of emotions from sexual repression to
jealousy to anger.