Mousse (Isabelle Carré) and Louis (Melvil Poupaud) are a young couple in love, whose lives have been taken over by drugs. After they take an overdose of heroin, Louis dies. Mousse survives but discovers she’s pregnant. She flees Paris in order to come to terms with Louis’ death in a town by the sea.
François Ozon’s sensibility is highly palpable in The Refuge, through a restrained visual style and a caring, tender character, who simultaneously accepts motherhood and grieves for her lover. Shot during Isabelle Carré’s own pregnancy, it won the Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria