Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge)) Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 12, 2010
Bland, lifeless, fake-radiant optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 30, 2012
Ozon masks his lack of sensitivity to the material with his characteristic cerebral detachment and pretense to subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
August 12, 2010
Enjoyable stylistically, but not substantiated beyond glossy advertisement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 8, 2010
Pretentious two-hander which aims for behavioral poetry over coherence or true viewer involvement.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 9, 2010
Hideaway bottles up stormy feelings of grief, guilt, and desire so tightly that register only in a few sharp, impetuous bursts. The rest of the time, it's dull and inscrutable -- a film of almost vaporous subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
It is undeniable that Ozon has an eye for emotion. His low-fi camerawork and pared-down cinematography keep a beautiful realism surrounding his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
January 16, 2011
So few films are made about pregnancy and childbirth; few discussions are held about it without the phrases 'pro-choice' or 'pro-life' being shouted over the top. The time we spend with the complex Mousse ... allows us to ponder these miracles in full.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
August 13, 2010
Experimental. Funny. Tender. Quintessential Ozon.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
August 19, 2010
The narrative's flimsy, but Ozon's intimate HD camerawork mainlines Carré's palpable emotion, blurring hormonal instinct into acting craft for a rounded portrayal of Mousse's conflicted impulses...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sophie Ivan
August 26, 2010
Has a whiff of the beautifully vacant, but it's an understated, classy mood piece nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 1, 2010
An unconvincing ending doesn't derail the otherwise nuanced complexity of François Ozon's latest investigation of female alienation, sexuality and maternity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
November 3, 2010
An elliptical relationship drama that works largely due to the nuanced acting; the nuanced, sumptuous camera work; and the nuanced, gorgeous people on screen.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2010
As a pregnant, reforming junkie, Isabelle Carré nurses François Ozon's latest rumination on mortality and maternity to success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 10, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
September 8, 2010
More complex than meets the eye, "Hideaway" is an honest film that commands consideration and discussion after you see it. By all means, see it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cath Clarke
August 13, 2010
The pat resolution makes it an incomplete pleasure. A pleasure nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
August 13, 2010
Emotions run like torrents through François Ozon's Le Refuge, despite the apparent simplicity of the surface narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 12, 2010
It's short and even slight, more of an observational short story of a film than a rich novel, but it's entrancing and moving nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 10, 2010
The film is directed in a minimal, contained style, quietly watching the characters and their interaction
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 14, 2010
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Dennis Harvey
March 4, 2011
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