Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge)) (2010)
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For a time in her life, a woman's pregnancy is the most important thing about her. That is the subject of Hideaway.
Gradually, Ozon and the actors convince us of the reality of this world and persuade us to watch the film on its own, unforced terms. Nothing much is happening, except life.
Hideaway" is a spellbinding film, and Ozon, who is perhaps best known for the much darker Under the Sand and Swimming Pool ... continues to be an inspiring director of actors.
One of the pleasures of Hideaway (Le Refuge), from François Ozon, an erratic talent of satisfying films like Under the Sand and misfires like 8 Women, is its insistence on ambiguity.
Sometimes a movie makes a point that's been made before, but makes it so beautifully and so quietly that it feels like you're discovering it for the first time.
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Death, relationships, life, homosexualism, family, being a mother, a country house near the beach. All the recurring themes in François Ozon's films are seen in Le Refuge, where he works again with Melvil Poupad and Mari Rivière in small roles. Rivière's character and scene made me believe for those brief minutes that I was, actually, seeing a Rohmer's movie. I haven't noticed it before, but there's a lot of Rohmer in Ozon's films, though Ozon can be very melodramatic sometimes while Rohmer was a genius in his vision of the ordinary.
Isabelle Carré, who was really pregnant during the shoot, gave to the film more realism and some very beautiful scenes.
Sensitive, beguiling tale of a women's struggle with a solitary pregnancy and drug rehab which perhaps underplays the horrors of withdrawal but scores for tackling the female experience of pregnancy. This works thanks to a multilayered performance from Carre and hauntingly fragile silent stares which speak volumes.
In "Le Refuge," a mother(Claire Vernet) discovers her son Louis(Melvil Poupaud) prostrate on the floor of a disused apartment in Paris, having overdosed from heroin. He does not survive but his girlfriend Mousse(Isabelle Carre) does after being in a coma for six hours, having sampled the same heroin cut with valium. She also finds out she is pregnant and is offered replacement therapy(methadone). However, Louis' mother would kindly like her to get rid of it. Months later, Mousse is laying low at the house of an ex-lover when Paul(Louis-Ronan Choisy), Louis' brother, comes to visit on his way to Spain.
After an intense beginning(if you hate needles, then this might not be the movie for you), "Le Refuge" settles down to be sensual and sublime right down to its stunning ending while it unearths a divided family dynamic. Not only are Louis' parents divorced but there is a clear break between past and present. The mother can only think of Louis when he was innocent and would probably try to kill Mousse, who she wrongfully blames, if there was not a small chance they would be buried together. Paul at least makes the attempt to learn about how his brother turned out while Mousse learns about the younger Louis from him. All the while, she is slowly emerging from her shell, spending more time in public and getting used to be looked at again. Paul apparently does not in a certain way which is why she thinks he is gay. And it might be considered a little unusual that she is hit on in her condition by a stranger, since that usually means that a woman is attached, which is not the case with Mousse.
(Originally reviewed as a blog entry on March 23, 2010.)
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