Available for everyone, funded by readers. © West Australian Newspapers Limited 2020. Writer’s Commentary: Landry Q. Walker on ‘A Clash of Kings Vol 2 #7’ from Dynamite! In other words, The Refuge is as rich and complex and contradictory as all of Ozon's movies, which are peopled with difficult, hard-to-like characters who more often than not do the wrong thing but, ultimately, deserve our attention and sympathy. With Keith Sutliff, Julien Cesario, Matthew Webb, Cheyenne Buchanan. Your email address will not be published. 1 & Vol. All the primary action takes place off screen. There is almost no variance in the set locations. She doesn't need to talk about new life: it is there blossoming in front of you. Want to Own a Piece of Comic Book History? Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic…, Executive Produced by David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, Danny McBride, Brandon James Produced by Riel…, Synopsis: When a drug bust goes wrong, ex-cop Danny Gallagher’s (Karl Urban) quest for justice…, Your email address will not be published. Auction Includes The Complete Original Art for ‘Black Panther’ #1 & 2, DC vs Fawcett Lawsuit Copy of ‘Action Comics’ & More! Essentially, The Refuge is one of those romantic summer holiday pictures the French love (Eric Rohmer made a succession of them). I don’t want to count the pores on the faces of the characters. The latest movie from the prolific, breathtakingly versatile young French auteur, who is as comfortable with wrenching drama (Under the Sand, 5x2) as campy comedy (8 Women, Ricky), can be regarded as a companion piece to Time to Leave, but this time birth and not death is the controlling principle. Julie Bishop! Martin Copping, Cheyenne Buchanan. The Refuge Review. In Time To Leave, arguably the most sadly underappreciated masterpiece of the past decade, Francois Ozon follows a dying young gay fashion photographer during his last days as he moves from angry self-pity towards an acceptance of his fate. Copyright © 2020 Forces of Geek. Like so many French directors, Ozon employs a leisurely paced naturalism in which characters are observed rather than being forced to emote. Media Watch: New ‘Godzilla’ Animated Series, Paddy Considine Cast in ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel, New ‘Free Guy’ Trailer & More! The film's thrust is that some men are better equipped to cherish and care for babies than the women who bear them, a message Dr Seuss conveyed rather more entertainingly in his masterpiece, Horton Hatches the Egg. FOG! “Refuge” is what the standoff between Tom Savini’s motorcycle club and Ken Foree’s quartet would be like if there weren’t shambling corpses banging into the glass doors of the Monroeville Mall. However, if you don’t have the budget to splash some red water color paint on the wall and then clean it off with a Magic Eraser, why are you even trying to make this movie? But he's such an elusive, allusive filmmaker you are compelled to take away your own meaning, especially after the startling rug-pull of an ending. In The Refuge, Poupard plays Louis, a middle-class dropout who ODs in the opening reel from tainted heroin in the family's smart Parisian apartment, alongside his pregnant girlfriend, Mousse. ‘You Already Know’ Podcast Episode 1: “Akoins”, ‘You Already Know’ Podcast Launches May 15th. Win The Pandemic Thriller, ‘Alone’ on Blu-ray! The storytelling is so slip-shod and the dialogue is so stiff there is exactly zero investment in any of the characters. The teaser for The Refuge read, “A getaway driver finds himself in harm’s way when he gets caught up in a job involving casino heist money in the adrenaline-charged new crime thriller from Keith Sutliff”. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Andy Park and Anthony Francisco, HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola, Spectrum Grand Master 2018 Claire Wendling, and 300 Guests Attend LightBox Expo Online, Dark Horse Comics to Publish ‘Mike Mignola: The Quarantine Sketchbook’, Zorro Matters: How a One-Hundred-Year-Old Icon Speaks to the Pursuit of Justice in America, First Look: ‘The Secrets of Spies: Inside the Hidden World of International Agents’, From Friend to Foe: The Sinister World of Social Media, The Five Best iGaming Software Developers in the World Right Now, Forces of Geek 2020 Father’s Day Gift Guide, ‘Wolfman’s Got Nards’ (documentary review), Shout! It’s shoddy filmmaking. Carre was actually pregnant during the making of The Refuge and her gorgeous belly and the bloom that comes with carrying a child give Ozon's movie a realism that cannot be substituted by simply sticking a pillow up an actress' jumper. I don’t want to look at the upside down cross tattoo on the face of one of the only characters in the story and realize it was drawn on with a ball point pen. If you don’t have the budget for good effects, I appreciate that, but goodness gracious, don’t insult my intelligence. Wait, what? I understand wanting the brutality of the beating and needing the brutal release of rage to provide texture to the story. Win ‘Gremlins Gizmo’s 12 Days of Christmas’, Win ‘Back to The Future: The Ultimate Trilogy’ on Blu-ray. A feeling that tends to repeat itself over and over again. There is a reasonably powerful scene where someone is beaten to death with a wrench in front of a wall. We’re Giving Away Passes to ‘Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’! Indeed, it offers a welcome refuge. Directed by Keith Sutliff. Ozon is wandering into dangerously conservative territory here; he seems to be suggesting that a baby is the answer to everyone's misery and loneliness, from recovering addicts to bed-hopping gay men. The conflicts that turn the plot make no sense. When society breaks down, when the rules that bind us together rot and our selfish animalistic qualities take over, we deteriorate. DC FanDome News Wrap Up: Trailers, First Looks, News & More! Movie Moments & More REVIEWS “Keith typically plays a lead or strong supporting role in most of his films as a trademark with a variety of unorthodox, moving, and extreme close up shots which tell the story.”. There is a woman that shows up a couple of times and it’s never made clear what the relationship is between her and Sutliff so when she suddenly shows up as a key plot point, it makes no sense. Awaiting the birth of their child, the listless, affectless Mousse spends the summer at a house on the Atlantic coast, lent to her by a dodgy old former lover. The growing child itself is little discussed but its presence is everywhere, not least in the sad, funny scene in which a blossoming Mousse is picked up by a man who proceeds to tell her he is sexually attracted to pregnant women, a passion for motherhood revealing a crushing absence in his own life. There, she's joined by Louis's gay brother, Paul, who, like everyone else in the neighbourhood (including the girl herself and the lens of Ozon's camera), is obsessed with and wants to caress Mousse's swollen belly. We’ve Got Passes for a Screening of ‘COSMOS: Possible Worlds’. When you look at the production values of the rest of the film vs those shots it is pretty easy to figure out they are stock footage. (Think Boris and Natasha) Every single character in the film is in some sort of mortal debt and you never understand why or how it happened. Media Watch: Jamie Foxx Returns as Electro, Bond and ‘F9’ Delayed, ‘Cobra Kai’ Gets Early Renewal & More! I was thankful I didn’t have to watch another second of it. The Refuge, a Florida recovery facility on 94 acres in the middle of Ocala National Forest, might be worth consideration.It’s been in business since 2004, and the variety of treatment programs it offers is impressive. While Romain faces the prospect of nothingness, the equally self-indulged characters in The Refuge struggle to deal with the prospect of new life, which offers hope but also dredges up all kinds of darkness and fears (the shadowy presence of the dead druggie father, memories of cruel or absent parents, intimacy issues and so forth). After the death of her boyfriend from a drug overdose (played tellingly by Poupaud, of Time to Leave fame), Isabelle Carre's pregnant junkie, Mousse, defies her late lover's cold, controlling mother's demand to abort the child and retreats to a gorgeous seaside home in the south of France owned by a rich former lover ("He thinks he's my daddy," she says).
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