LE REFUGE / HIDEAWAY

SYNOPSIS
The prolific writer-director François Ozon excels at creating characters with complex emotions, motives, and sexual desires, as Hideaway amply demonstrates. After Louis, her junkie boyfriend, overdoses in the film’s quietly devastating opening scene, Mousse, pregnant with his child and trying to stay off heroin, moves to a country house that belongs to an exlover. When Louis’s gay brother, Paul, comes for an extended visit, these two outsiders form a close bond—and a strange erotic fascination with each other. Carré was actually pregnant during the shoot, an element that adds a layer of intriguing realism to this tale of families, both nuclear and chosen. As Mousse explains her reasons for wanting to keep the baby to Paul, it’s readily apparent that pure maternal longing isn’t one of them. But Ozon refuses to judge, choosing instead a more nuanced, compassionate approach. He thoughtfully explores his lead character’s ambivalence and contradictions—and the psychic consequences of her still-deep connection to her drug-addict boyfriend, whose loss she still mourns.

“Sometimes a movie makes a point that’s been made before, but makes it so beautifully and so quietly that it feels like you’re discovering it for the first time. ‘Hideaway’ does that, with the obliqueness of an off-hand comment. The glancing touch makes it all the more hard-hitting.”
Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

DIRECTOR
François Ozon

SCREENPLAY
François Ozon & Mathieu Hippeau

CAST
Mousse: Isabelle Carré
Paul: Louis-Ronan Choisy
Serge: Pierre Louis-Calixte
Louis: Melvil Poupaud

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 90’
PRODUCTION France, 2009
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE Beta SP, Digibeta, DVCAM, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Strand Releasing