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Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge)) (2010)



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Mousse (Isabelle Carre) and Louis (Melvil Poupaud) are young, beautiful, rich and in love, but drugs have invaded their lives. After Louis fatal overdose, Mousse soon learns she is pregnant (actress Isabelle Carr was pregnant while shooting.) Feeling lost, Mousse escapes to a beautiful beach house far from Paris and is soon joined in her refuge by Louis gay brother, Paul (French singer Louis-Ronan Choisy in his first screen appearance). The two strangers gradually develop an unusual and deeply moving relationship as Ozon continues his unique exploration of the nature of family and blood ties. -- (C) Strand Releasingmore
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: François Ozon, Mathieu Hippeau
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On DVD: Nov 8, 2010
Strand Releasing - Official Site


Claire Vernet
as The Mother
Marie Rivière
as The Woman on the Bea...
Jerome Kircher
as The Doctor
Nicolas Moreau
as The Seducer
Emile Berling
as The Drug Dealer
Maurice Antoni
as The Priest
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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (12)

For a time in her life, a woman's pregnancy is the most important thing about her. That is the subject of Hideaway.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
Washington Post
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Surely, Ozon had Rohmer in mind when he co-wrote and directed this lovely film.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge))

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.

Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer


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.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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.)

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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