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TIFF 2009 Day 3: François Ozon’s Le Refuge

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.

I was surprised to learn that the focal point of Ozon’s drama is not addiction. 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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