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A Secret Love (2020)

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Critic Consensus: In telling one couple's story, A Secret Love pays understated yet powerful tribute to a lifetime of choices and sacrifices made in the name of enduring devotion.

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A Secret Love tells an incredible love story between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, whose relationship spans nearly seven decades. Terry played in the women's professional baseball league, inspiring the hit movie A League of Their Own. But the film did not tell the real-life story of the women who remained closeted for most of their lives. This documentary follows Terry and Pat back to when they met for the first time, through their professional lives in Chicago, coming out to their conservative families and grappling with whether or not to get married. Facing the hardships of aging and illness, their love proves resilient as they enter the home stretch

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"A Secret Love" weaves the couple's remarkable life story into a sensitive and intimate depiction of the two navigating the realities of growing older together...

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

"A Secret Love" is guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Chicago-based documentary expertly weaves together LGBTQ history, baseball, and the ups and downs of loving someone for a lifetime.

May 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"A Secret Love" is full of the kind of gentle ribbing and loving chuckles one would expect from any adorable old couple, but it's made all the more poignant by the fact of Pat and Terry's trailblazing personal histories.

May 4, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It's enraging that society made them feel they had to hide. But their happiness is the ultimate triumph.

April 30, 2020 | Full Review…

A Secret Love stands out by being sweetly understated, at a time when that's especially welcome. It's a deeply felt testament to both the strength of this couple's bond, and the fragility and hard choices that often come at the end of a lifetime.

April 29, 2020 | Full Review…
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