Like numerous recent French telepics, “A Love to Hide” offers gay-themed drama more compelling and better-produced than a lot of what’s shown up on international bigscreens and at gay fests of late. Occasionally over-rigged in script and direction, the meller, from helmer Christiane Faure, nonetheless provides a stirring tale of gay male lovers in the Nazi era. Polished effort is a natural for DVD sale in offshore niche markets, with theatrical export a lesser possibility.
Betrayed by a smuggler who lets her parents and sister die before they can escape to England, young Sara (Louise Monot) flees in terror to Vichy-occupied Paris. Jean (Jeremie Renier), a summer-vacation pal since childhood, passes the Jewish girl off as a Gallic employee at his family’s laundry. In secret, Jean is romantically committed to Philippe (Bruno Todeschini). But stupid decisions made by bad-seed — if later semi-redeemed — brother Jacques (Nicolas Gob) get Jean sent to a labor camp. Subsequent horrors are piled on a tad melodramatically, but polished perfs and package keep the twisty, eventually decades-spanning tale engrossing.