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      The Refuge

      Released Sep 10, 2010 1h 28m Drama LGBTQ+ List
      87% Tomatometer 38 Reviews 58% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings At an oceanside chateau, a bond slowly forms between a pregnant drug addict (Isabelle Carré) and the brother (Louis-Ronan Choisy) of her late lover. Read More Read Less

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      Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness An unconvincing ending doesn't derail the otherwise nuanced complexity of François Ozon's latest investigation of female alienation, sexuality and maternity. Rated: B+ Dec 1, 2010 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times For a time in her life, a woman's pregnancy is the most important thing about her. That is the subject of Hideaway. Rated: 3/4 Oct 28, 2010 Full Review Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle 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. Rated: 3/4 Oct 7, 2010 Full Review Martín Rodríguez En Filme Ozon explores the desires of a woman that in spite of her wounds and hermeticism, she finds the determination to make complicated decisions. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 3/5 Feb 1, 2023 Full Review Amie Simon Three Imaginary Girls Strikingly beautiful and surprisingly hopeful, Hideaway had me feeling like I knew the two characters personally, and I left wishing them the best. Mar 8, 2019 Full Review Jay Antani Cinema Writer Ozon masks his lack of sensitivity to the material with his characteristic cerebral detachment and pretense to subtlety. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 30, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member How is this film so well-rated? I didn't make it through. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Another great movie. Big fan of Ozon. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Elegant, Subtle, Lyrical... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is overall a soft piece and by that I don't mean it is 'soft' as in 'weak', rather it is a slow, sweet and melancholic piece where the characters are thoughtful, brash, real, flawed and a bit uneasy. Le Refuge has some intriguing and evocative elements, the small cast brilliantly portraying the undertow of emotions, but this film is not over-the-top or melodramatic, although I wish it was a little more challenging. While, it does fit under the category of "French New Wave" cinema, as it clearly does not fit the mainstream of French nor Hollywood cinema, it is really only a dramatic narrative piece surrounding some unusual themes. While the visuals are beautiful and performances are great the narrative is quite simplistic, but it is the emotional journey and conflict between the desires and roles of the characters that make this film interesting. Focusing on the internal conflict within themselves. Both Mousse and Paul are searching for themselves in some way and also both stumbling to grieve for a man they both loved. Overall, it is a melancholic yet beautiful film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member There's something solitary with being separated from the rest of the world; that moment when you are out of sight, hidden, in the eyes of its cruelty. Some emerge victorious, but other remains in the blindspot, hoping not to be seen in the immediate future. Nous nous le refuge. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A decent drama about childbirth, family, relationship, and sexuality. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis At an oceanside chateau, a bond slowly forms between a pregnant drug addict (Isabelle Carré) and the brother (Louis-Ronan Choisy) of her late lover.
      François Ozon
      Chris Bolzli, Claudie Ossard
      François Ozon, Mathieu Hippeau
      Strand Releasing
      Drama, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 10, 2010, Limited
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 8, 2011
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 28m