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      Hide & Seek

      2014 1 hr. 22 min. Drama Romance LGBTQ+ List
      40% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 5% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Four young Londoners move to an isolated country cottage to test social conventions and their own inhibitions. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 29 Buy Now

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      james w Hide and Seek (also called Amorous) is beautifully shot, and Rea Mole's performance is very good, given the thinness of the script. The movie gets better as it goes, as some semblance of a theme coalesces around the characters it studies. But it's a long wait, and for much of the film it's hard to generate much sympathy for the milky millennial misfits we are obliged to watch. Only Mole's character suggests anything like a core. Plus, it's hard to silence the question, "How are you four jobless kids paying for all this?" Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Hollow, pretentious & sliding. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Hide and Seek boasts an interesting concept, but lacks the depth and conviction to truly immerse viewers. An impressively delicate visual style and some likable performances ensure that Coates film is always a semi-entertaining watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Title: Lot of pretenses but going nowhere. No plot, no takeaway message, no conclusion and no morale, other than that our way of life may need re-evaluation I saw this film at the Film Fest Ghent 2014, where it was part of the section Global Cinema. To spoil my lack of apprecia­tion upfront: I cannot find anything positive in this movie. The outset is not clear, and does not become clearer later on. Only those who have read the synopsis before, have a bit of a clue what it is all about. The evening games and their underlying rules remain unclear as well. Even more unclear is the purpose of the (home made) coffin that is set alight, a ritual that we see in the beginning with a repeat later on. Only one scene was interesting, viz. when a 5th person arrived (an ex-boyfriend). Much to his regret his ex-partner announced that she was much happier than ever before. Alas, the potential drama faltered and he left shortly after. I only understand half of the title. The word Hide seems a reference to being away from "normal" civilization. Neverthe­less, I'm surprised about the amount of "bourgeois" stuff they obviously had available in that remote cottage, for example given the Christmas related attributes which they showed in much more variety than I ever had. Further, the word Seek is completely lost on me, be it that it may refer to finding a new future in living your life. This second part of the title prom­ises that there is a message, a conclusion or even a morale, but I found neither. The 4 actors (plus 1 for a short time) did their best, and worked believable through their respective roles. Neither got the opportunity to reveal much of their background and expectations. And neither is there any drama on the table, except (see above) in one isolated case (which failed). They cannot show their strengths on those fields, but I don't think that is their fault alltogether. In the final Q&A the question was raised how much of the action was improvised and what was re­hearsed. Apart from that it was a bit of both, I did not hear a clear answer. So what is left to admire?? I observe only pre­tenses that this film will provoke thoughts about your own life as it is (but it failed miserably for me). Possibly I'm not the appropriate target group?? Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Diego Batlle Otroscines.com Hide and Seek is a singular and captivating experience. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 Dec 29, 2023 Full Review Cameron Ward One Room With A View Coates' dedicated resistance to doubt's subsequent melodrama reinvigorates utopian tropes to go beyond the usual forgone conclusion. Rated: 4/5 May 25, 2019 Full Review David Keyes Cinemaphile.org Not so much a study of characters as it is a simplified examination of behaviors, all of them too far out of context to be the source of any significant dramatic depth. Rated: 2/4 Feb 23, 2016 Full Review Mark Adams Screen International In the end it flatters to deceive and never really delivers in terms of drama or radical thinking. Jun 26, 2014 Full Review Paul Gallagher The List While the film's simple and intriguing premise is ripe for that kind of approach, the filmmakers fail to get their teeth into any of it. Rated: 2/5 Jun 20, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Four young Londoners move to an isolated country cottage to test social conventions and their own inhibitions.
      Director
      Joanna Coates
      Executive Producer
      Matthew Holt, David J.A. Grant
      Screenwriter
      Joanna Coates, Daniel Metz
      Genre
      Drama, Romance, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
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