I think lucasculler has given a very nice review, so I'm only going to fill the details out a bit. First of all, the SAchurmann family are legendary in Brazil for their very unusual lifestyle and exploits, which they thankfully documented in other films. The life of Kat was a detail I was unaware of till I saw this film. It begins with her future parents meeting in what is probably Belém, on the Amazon. The attraction is mutual (who wouldn't fall in love with the delightful Maria Belo?), they start a relationship, Robert dreams of taking her around the world on a yacht and raising a family on the way - exactly as the Schurmanns actually did. But his mother is a possessive and manipulative dragon - the biggest reason he fled his NZ home in the first place. And she works on his love for his father, whose health is in serious decline. So he abruptly decides to turn his back on Belém and head home. Jeanne is perturbed at ther shattering of her own dreams and goes out trying to get her head sorted out. Robert takes a last look at their photo together, realizes the huge mistake he is making and rushes out to look for her. He is just in time to see her step out of the way of a motorbike only to be run down by a truck, and get her to the hospital. Jeanne survives, they stay together and he does take her by yacht to NZ to visit the family, where they meat the Schurmanns and she gives birth to Kat. This story has been interlaced with the story of Kat growing up as a member of the Schurmann family, so we have obviously been wondering how that came about. And now we find out and the enormity of the tragedy unfolds. As a result of the accident, Jeanne had lost a lot of blood and needed transfusions. And some of that blood was contaminated with HIV. But they didn't find out about that till Jeanne went into rapid deterioration following the birth of Kat. She died and Robert discovered he and Kat were both affected. It was a terrible time, as he lost his father around then too. So before he died he arranged for the Schurmanns, who he liked and admired, to adopt Kat after he was gone and give her the best possible life for as long as it lasted. His bitter mother, having lost her husband and son, fought tooth and nail to keep her granddaughter, but by then the audience could already see what a disaster that would've been for Kat. It came as a relief that, as everything had been done honestly and legally, there was nothing she could do except be grateful the Schurmanns were willing to let her participate in Kat's life. A possibly controversial aspect is that, on the grounds of giving her as stimulating a life as possible, nobody told Kat about her HIV and it was only when she became suspicious about her reduced size, health problems and medicines she was taking that she did some internet investigating of her own. Kat lived to pass 14 and we can only hope she had as wonderful a life as was feasibly possible under the circumstances. She certainly had a profound effect on others and it is a very moving moment at the end when her adoptive mother and biological grandmother hold hands in shared grief at her passing. I believe that, though this film, a lot more people are going to be affected by Kat's life!
Biography / Drama
Biography / Drama
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Based on true events Little Secret is a film with three interlocked stories all connected by a single secret that converge to reveal the tragic yet beautiful lives of three families and how hope, dreams and destiny can unite people f
January 6, 2022