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A Love to Hide

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.

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.

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A Love to Hide

France

  • Production: A Merlin production in association with France 2. Produced by Francois Aramburu, Pascal Fontanille, Laetitia Bartoli. Executive producer, Patrick Sandrin. Directed by Christian Faure. Screenplay, Pascale Fontanille, Samantha Mazeras.
  • Crew: Camera (color, DV), Svetla Ganeva; editor, Jean-Daniel Fernandez-Qundez; music, Charles Court; production designers, Rossitsa Bakeva, Sebastian Birchler. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, June 24, 2006. (In San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.) Original French title: <I>Un amour a taire.</I> Running time: 103 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Louise Monot, Jeremie Renier, Nicolas Gob, Bruno Todeschini, Charlotte de Turckheim, Michel Jonasz, Anne Girouard, Olivier Saladin.
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