LOS ANGELES: Hollywood
In Secret, starring Jessica Lange, Tom Felton, Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of Ashley and Mary Kate) and Oscar Isaac, premiere was held at ArcLight Hollywood with the after party at Aventine.
“Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin. Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominoes with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband’s alluring friend, Laurent, she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.”
The movie depicted young Therese (elizabeth olsen) as a victim getting tangled up with Laurent (Oscar isaac) in the murder of her cousin-husband (tom felton). madame raquin (jessica lange) is somewhat to blame having psychologically tormented her niece therese in her younger years. with elements of murder, incest, greed, lies, adultery all set in a dark grey and gloomy townhouse of paris, it is definitely not a feel good flick.
The after party, however, was a much nicer event compared to what most would consider a “downer” of a movie. ironically, one of the executives of the film, Charlie stratton (director), made opening remarks of how the film was somewhat of an unsure battle whether it would be completed or not. perhaps that is why remarkably most of the cast and cinema team were on hand to celebrate.
two disappointing aspects of the after party were that jessica lange remained nestled away at her table away from most of the crowd and elizabeth olsen shot down a few fans for photos. it seems a bit awkward that at their premiere both individuals would not make a point of mingling with the crowd and be more gracious towards their fans. they were keen to one or two photos by industry photographers orchestrated by their publicists or managers. however, there seemed to be a lack of enthusiasm or genuineness toward their attendance. both had somewhat mechanical behavior at the post premiere party. c’est la vie.