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 Releasing
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Marie Rivière
as The Woman on the Beach
Jerome Kircher
as The Doctor
Maurice Antoni
as The Priest
Emile Berling
as The Drug Dealer
Claire Vernet
as The Mother
Nicolas Moreau
as The Seducer
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

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 27, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
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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
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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.

September 16, 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.

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
Rubia Carolina

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I adore these kinds of films; character driven, well acted, uncomplicated in terms of plot, emotive and perceptive. The French seem to do them especially well. Isabelle Carré, who really was pregnant during filming, is a revelation in understatement - if that isn't a contradiction in terms. She is wary but not shy, delicate but inquisitive, and her reactions are incredibly natural and real. Louis-Ronan Choisy complements her very well as the gay brother of her dead lover - he has a haunted quality in some of his scenes but radiates warmth. Mathieu Hippeau and François Ozon's screenplay is excellent and Mousse's "self-rehab" from drug addiction is handled sensitively and non-sensationally (very different from the melodramatic methods used in most Hollywood films) - she simply gets on with it and tries to make the best she can of an awful situation. I was also very impressed with the ambiguous & open ending that successfully gives closure whilst making no promises of happiness, just hope. François Ozon, a director of immense skill and versatility, has made an unshowy, unforced film on addiction, birth and rebirth, no mean feat. Le Refuge is excellent stuff.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

½

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
Gordon Anderson

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