Little Secret
Film poster
Directed byDavid Schurmann
Written byDavid Schurmann
Victor Atherino
Marcos Bernstein
Produced byDavid Schurmann
João Roni
Vilfredo Schurmann
StarringMarcello Antony
Júlia Lemmertz
Mariana Goulart
Maria Flor
Erroll Shand
Fionnula Flanagan
CinematographyInti Briones
Edited byGustavo Giani
Music byAntônio Pinto
Release date
  • 22 October 2016 (2016-10-22) (Brazil)
Box office$265,028[1]

Little Secret (Portuguese: Pequeno Segredo) is a Brazilian drama film directed by David Schurmann. The film was inspired by a true story involving Schurmann's adopted sister.[2] It was released in Brazil in November 2016.[3][4] It was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[5][6]


Reception and Controversies

A number of controversies were raised over the film, including the nonselection of Aquarius (film) as the Brazilian's entry to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards by the Ministry of Culture’s committee.[7]

Critic Alcino Leite Neto, writing for Folha de S.Paulo, heavily criticized the film, calling it "one of the worst of the recent Brazilian films" and "an ocean of clichés and sentimentality".[8]

Conversely, critic Luciano Trigo, writing for G1, praised the film saying that "Little Secret is indeed the best Brazilian film in the last few years. In style, form and content, it is fully accredited to compete and win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film". [9]

See also


  1. ^ "Pequeno Segredo (Little Secret)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ Hoperwell, John (14 December 2014). "David Schurmann Advances on 'Little Secret' Shoot". Variety. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  3. ^ Marafon, Renato (12 September 2016). "Assista ao lindo trailer de 'Pequeno Segredo', que vai representar o Brasil no Oscar (Portuguese)". R7 TV.
  4. ^ Giannini, Alessandro (12 September 2016). "'Pequeno segredo' é o selecionado brasileiro para disputar uma vaga no Oscar(Portuguese)". O Globo.
  5. ^ "Brazil Choose Family-oriented Film to Fight for Oscar Nod". plus55. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  6. ^ Pedersen, Erik (12 September 2016). "Brazil Adopts 'Little Secret' For Foreign Language Oscar Race". Deadline. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  7. ^ Romero, Simon, "Brazilian Politics Smother a Film’s Oscar Ambitions", The New York Times, 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  8. ^ Alcino Leite Neto (September 2016). "Clichê, 'Pequeno Segredo' é dos piores filmes brasileiros recentes". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  9. ^ Luciano Trigo (September 2016). "'Pequeno segredo' é o melhor filme brasileiro dos últimos anos". G1 Globo. Retrieved 18 September 2016.