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Le Refuge [DVD]

Isabelle Carré , Louis-Ronan Choisy , François Ozon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Isabelle Carré, Louis-Ronan Choisy, Pierre Louis-Calixte, Melvil Poupaud
  • Directors: François Ozon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YHX4YA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,831 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Mousse and Louis are young, beautiful, rich and in love. But drugs have invaded their lives. One day they overdose, and Louis dies. Mousse survives, but soon learns she s pregnant. Feeling lost, she runs away to a house far from Paris. Several months later, Louis brother joins her in her refuge. From acclaimed French director François Ozon (Time to Leave, Swimming Pool)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Music Video, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Francois Ozon directs this French drama. After her lover Louis (Melvil Poupaud) dies from a drug overdose, Mousse (Isabelle Carre, who was actually pregnant at the time of filming) discovers that she is expecting his baby. Grieving for Louis and still struggling with her addiction to the drugs that killed him and landed her in hospital, Mousse leaves Paris for a remote house on the French coast in an attempt to straighten herself out. There she leads a solitary existence until Louis's gay brother Paul (Louis-Ronan Choisy) turns up uninvited, and through the unlikely bond that develops between them Mousse finally achieves a degree of closure over Louis's death. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: San Sebastian International Film Festival, ...Hideaway ( Le refuge ) ( The Refuge (Hide Away) )

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poetic, once you get past the beginning 23 April 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Le Refuge is one of François Ozon's softer films, even though the shooting-up scenes make the first ten minutes somewhat squirm-inducing ... It's surprising because drugs don't usually feature in his work, and after that the film takes off on a much gentler note, coming more and more to be an exploration of an unexpected tenderness between a sort-of recovering drug-addict who is pregnant, and her dead lover's gay brother. Most of the delicately observed scenes take place in a house by the sea - really an idyllic summer setting; yet the observations of grief, affection and jealousy are astute if given with a poetic lightness of touch. Isabelle Carré is wonderful in the main role as Mousse, recalling Julianne Moore, perhaps, while having a presence all her own as well. Her face seems to suggest the character who is torn between many emotions and impulses, which are felt through her expressions in a state of suspension. Her situation could be heavy but she has a lightness - as her name suggests - that is a kind of grace, while not being above certain human failings as well. Louis-Ronan Choisy is also very good as the lover's brother, Paul, who also defies all the clichés, but has a wonderful gazelle-like sensitivity. A third figure then puts in an appearance, giving something of the feel of Jules et Jim, and focusing similarly on pioneers of the heart, but from a more modern perspective, and a quieter one. The figure of the lover, played by Melvil Poupaud who had been so good in the not dissimilar Time To Leave, hovers over proceedings, making it a most unusual quartet. Read more ›
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By Suave
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Francois Ozon is one of those miracles which comes along once in a lifetime. He has dominated the last decade of French cinema. He is like a rare French vintage wine, in this latest film, his taste is mature to its finest.

Do you remember the most hauntingly beautiful film back in 2000, Under the Sand starring with Charlotte Rampling? It's his masterpiece. That film dealt with bereavement and death. In this new film, Ozon deals with the theme of healing. It is an unforgettable film. You remember every scene, every word, every camera angle and every juxtaposition.

Ozon's art belongs to the canon of the French New Wave Cinema in particular the tradition of the late Eric Rohmer who died this year. I believe that Ozon pays a tribute to Rohmer with this film. Do you recognise the actress, Marie Rivière on the beach scene in this film? Marie Rivière plays the main character, Delphine in Rohmer's The Green Ray. Ozon's films are a lot more composed in terms of the storyline (it has beginning, the middle and the end). His choice of music in his film is always impeccable. Like Rohmer's characters in his film, Ozon's characters meet in a casual situation on a holiday, on a beach, on the train or at a friend's country house. This film reminded me of Rohmer's "The Green Ray" and "Pauline at the Beach".

Ozon is also a master of storytelling. In his 5x2, he tells the story backwards. My favourite also include Ozon's Collection of Short Films (available on DVD) which are more avant garde, visually poetic, haunting, insightful and charming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birth and rebirth 10 Sep 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
François Ozon's intense dramas can be almost as puzzling as his seemingly rather more light-hearted entertainments. While those lighter films (Swimming Pool, Angel, 8 Women) do however reveal hidden layers of meaning if one is prepared to look beneath the surface, there doesn't seem to be much going on beyond quiet contemplation and inner desperation with his serious dramas of a lone person dealing with death and bereavement (Under The Sand, Time To Leave), or indeed much variety in the subject matter. Dealing with a young woman, Mousse, who has to make some difficult life decisions when her heroin addict boyfriend dies, leaving her alone and pregnant, Le Refuge fits comfortably at least into this category of serious Ozon films that look at life in the context of recent or imminent death.

Crucially however, once past the gruelling opening scenes of junkie hell, it's the notion of life, and specifically the potential for new life and rebirth (a subject that makes interesting parallels with Ozon's remarkably different treatment of it in his previous film Ricky) that is the factor that makes Le Refuge a little different, and perhaps more endurable than the rather darker depictions of death, family conflict and relationship horrors in his other "realist" films.
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