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TIFF Picks 09: François Ozon’s Le Refuge

Le refuge one came out of the woodworks rather quickly, reminding us that Ozon’s one film per year pacing in the last decade makes him one of the hardest working filmmakers around.

#11. LE REFUGE

Director: François Ozon
Cast: Isabelle Carré, Louis-Ronan Choisy, Pierre Louis-Calixte, Melvil Poupaud
Distributor: Rights Available.

Buzz: Le refuge one came out of the woodworks rather quickly, reminding us that Ozon’s one film per year pacing in the last decade makes him one of the hardest working filmmakers around. I’ll cite a lack of interest in the subject matter for his more recent films (Ricky and Angel), but I happen to think that his best work are portraits where he places his characters is a series of life’s cruel tests. This addiction drama might just get me back into the saddle.   

The Gist: 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

TIFF Schedule: Click here for screening times.

 
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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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