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A Love To Hide [DVD] [2005]

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  • Directors: Christian Faure
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • 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 (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I254
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,777 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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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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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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I was lucky enough whilst in Toronto to see this movie at the 2006 LGBT Film Festival....I came away very moved after seeing it. It really tugged at the heart strings...more so than the climax to "Brokeback Mountain" did.

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!! :)
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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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