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A Love To Hide [DVD] [2005]

Christian Faure    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Christian Faure
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 April 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I254
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A young girl on the run is helped by her gay friends in this made-for-TV drama set in German-occupied France during WWII. After her family is murdered while trying to escape to England, Jewish girl Sara (Louise Monot) seeks shelter with childhood friend Jean (Jeremie Renier) and his partner Philippe (Bruno Todeschini). With both men agreeing to take her in, Sara passes herself off as a worker at Jean's laundry business. Her relief soon turns to dread, however, when Jean is taken into custody by the Gestapo, forcing the friends to resort to desperate measures to avoid being sent to the camps.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: It is World War Two and France has just fallen to Nazi rule. Thousands of Jewish families are being sent to camps outside the city. Meanwhile, Jean (Jeremy Renier) is doing what he can to help his family get by. However, his greatest secret is also his biggest liability - his boyfriend Philippe has risky connections with forgery artists. One day, Jean's old Jewish school friend Sarah comes begging for help. Her family have been murdered and he is her only hope. The couple agree to take her into hiding, but they are soon found out, and must do everything they can to avoid being sent to the camps. A gripping tale, A Love To Hide exposes the homophobia and anti-semitism that was rife during the days of Nazi occupied France. ...A Love to Hide ( Un amour taire )

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and haunting 28 Feb 2009
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
A LOVE TO HIDE (French, with English subtitles) is a heart-wrenching portrait of familial relationships, betrayal and persecuted love, set in WWII France (during the time of the Vichy collaborationist government).

Jean - impossibly-handsome Jérémie Renier (CRIMINAL LOVERS, PRETEND I'M NOT HERE) - is the twenty-something younger son of a conservative father who sustains a dry-cleaning business in Occupied Paris. Secretly, Jean has been having a relationship with a slightly older male, Philippe, for four years. A childhood friend of Jean's, Sara, a young woman of Jewish faith, appears in Paris after the murder of her family, whereupon Jean and his lover Philippe help to conceal her identity. Meanwhile, Jean's older brother, Jacques, who has been serving a short stint in prison for black market smuggling, returns home and is immediately attracted to Sara. The latter only has (unrequited) eyes for his brother, however; in a fit of pique, Jacques arranges for his brother to be arrested as a stunt - not knowing that, for Jean, this will mean a transfer to the concentration camps.

The film is infinitely more involved than the above brief outline allows, with all the elements at which French cinema excels - human passions, the intensity of love, jealousy and complex familial relations. While inevitably inviting comparisons with the excellent BENT, A LOVE TO HIDE is much broader in range, offering greater insight into the collaboration of ordinary citizens with the Nazi regime, the brutal torture involved in 're-educating homosexuals' in the concentration camps, and the confusing months after France's liberation.

It is impossible to do justice to the scope of A LOVE TO HIDE in the space of a short review.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Movie 22 July 2009
I bought this movie on the strength of other reviewers comments, and I have to say I was not disappointed. The story may be fiction but the events portrayed give a chilling insight into what it must have been like to be gay in nazi occupied Paris! I honestly cannot praise this movie highly enough (I would have given it more stars if I could - that's how good I think it is - in my humble opinion). Yes, I know it has sub-titles, but please don't let that put you off. This is definitely one of the best movies I have seen and if you only watch one French movie - then this is the one to watch. Well deserved 5 stars!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loathe to give less than five stars 4 Jan 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having sat through some awful gay-themed films over the Christmas holiday that sounded promising and were favorably reviewed on Amazon, I can agree that this is a film of quality and intelligence from every aspect, worthy of all the praise that has been directed towards it.

So why this review? Well, just to fully cover a couple of points. Firstly, it is a film deserving of a wider audience because although it has two gay principal characters, it presents them as two men in love but not defined by their sexuality. The main themes of the film - intolerance, prejudice, betrayal, moral and political corruption - are universal. Nazis and Nazi occupation during the war offers a cornucopia of evils - and therein lies the problem for the film - the tragedies when they occur, are unremitting and it's almost hard to catch your breath. I would have wished for more balance, which would have made the worst of the tragedies all the more profoundly moving.

But it is a film, like Brokeback Mountain, which will resonate long after viewing, with characters that are memorable because they are beautifully rendered and believable.

I thought the cast were exemplary (not mentioned at all on Amazon). I haven't seen Jeremy Renier or Nicolas Gob before - they play the two brothers Jean (gay) and Jacques, central to the film - two of the most beautiful actors in French film, but also very good at it! (Nicolas Gob is a Belgian, now appearing in Les Bleus, a French tv series centered around a group of new recruits in the police force, and he plays a gay officer - if it were only available on DVD! Check out the clips on Youtube).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film not to hide 21 May 2010
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
There is not much to add that has not already been said, but I enjoyed this film so much I had to write a review. This is set in Vichy France during the extermination of the Jews which is integral to the plot and also deals with the attempt to 're educate' or muder homosexuals. The only other film that I am aware of thst tackles this subject is the adaptation of the stage play 'Bent'.

This though is a love story of a jewish girl for a gay man and the tragedy of thier relationship is used as a vehicle to tell the tale of one of the worst episodes in European history. It also deals with the opportunist corruption that was the shame of Petans empire, which is commendable in a Frech film. I have heard this called a gay 'Schindlers List', whilst that is a reasonable statement it does not do justice to either film, and I have to say I got all moist eyed both times I watched this and I never cried at Bambi. A must see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was brilliant. Had a bit of everything
This was brilliant. Had a bit of everything.
Published 3 days ago by YORKSHIRE GUY
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly amazingly moving!!
Must see movie!!...I can not add to what has already been written and shall recommend it to others.

Definitivement un film a voir!!..Emouvant!!
Published 9 months ago by Hawcubite
5.0 out of 5 stars happy with my purchase
this film is very good, one of those tear jerkers where you need a box of tissues to be able to watch it.
Published 14 months ago by D. Batterham
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story.
Being gay was not easy in World War 2 Germany. And this story calls
attention to the Nazi mistreatment of gay concentration camp inmates
forced to wear a pink... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Big Band Leader
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but traumatic!
I agree with all the other favourable reviews, this is definitely a quality film, however, it is not the joy ride the dvd cover might lead you to believe. Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by Wayne Duane
5.0 out of 5 stars an important film
A Love To Hide is an important film that certainly moves you as it tells you about a neglected aspect of WW2, namely the persecution of gay people. Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by schumann_bg
5.0 out of 5 stars The compromises and betrayals of occupation
There is little more to add to the other excellent reviews of this film, other than saying that this film made me both sad and angry. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Gay Londoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Beautiful and Heartbreaking
This is such a heartbreaking film, set in WW2 France the plot is spot on and by the end of the film tears were streaming down my face. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Review
Sensitive,wonderfully depicted storyline of a much
ignored part of history.

It was a little too short a story,in parts could have been expanded on.
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by DUNCAN N.SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars heavily great
very heavy. very touchy. very moving.
A Love to Hide deserves further recognitions.
Scenes were plotted beautifully, storyline was just fantastic, and the ending was very... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by september baby
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