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Strand Finds ‘Refuge’ in Ozon’s Post-Mortem Drama

Strand Releasing are once again teaming up with the prolific French filmmaker (they last worked with Francois Ozon on Time to Leave). Plans are for a Spring release. Looking back on this title, I wouldn’t call it your typical comeback moment for Ozon, but sometimes a simple, one note number can make waves and Le Refuge certainly did back at Fall film festivals such as San Sebastian and Toronto.

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.

Strand Releasing are once again teaming up with the prolific French filmmaker (they last worked with Francois Ozon on Time to Leave). Plans are for a Spring release. Looking back on this title, I wouldn’t call it your typical comeback moment for Ozon, but sometimes a simple, one note number can make waves and Le Refuge certainly did back at Fall film festivals such as San Sebastian and Toronto.

I went into the film thinking that it was an addiction drama, but as I mentioned back at TIFF, “Le Refuge is about solitude and finding comfort in a human touch. Simply constructed, without no large, sweeping emotional cues, a behind a big pair of shades Isabelle Carré effortlessly runs a gamut of emotions in minor keys. This is a rich character-study without whistles and bells, but pauses and meditation.”

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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