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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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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.Read more ›
I guess the very fact it is set in World War II France/Germany and deals with some of the horrific Nazi "Jewish" and "Gay" war crimes that occured has a lot to do with why it has SO much impact!
Also as with many French produced movies is so beautifully engineered, taking you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions from love, fear to great loss....
After seeing the movie I immediately looked to buy a copy of the DVD and was disappointed to find it was only then available in France with NO English subtitles available. So, to say the least to now discover it won all these gay awards and got a well-deserved North American release with subtitles is absolutely wonderful!! :)
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).Read more ›
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Very nice product. Arrived fast and well wrapped! Really glad!Published 21 months ago by R. Pinheiro Goncalves
I really liked this film. Well acted and with a strong storyline. A quality film that tells a tragic story and illustrates an aspect of WW2 that is rarely seen.Published on 28 July 2014 by Daweale
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!!
this film is very good, one of those tear jerkers where you need a box of tissues to be able to watch it.Published on 5 May 2013 by D. Batterham