DVD: Le Refuge (15)

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François Ozon's drama begins, ominously, with a beautiful couple injecting heroin in a Paris apartment. "Not another junkie film" is the immediate thought, but it's nothing of the sort. The man dies. The woman, Mousse (Isabelle Carré), survives, waking up after several weeks to discover that she is pregnant.

The dead man's icy mother wants to abort the baby. Mousse retreats to a remote house on the coast, to grieve and ruminate. The dead man's gay brother (Louis-Ronan Choisy) comes too, uninvited, and before long she has taken a fancy to this piano-playing, sensitive soul. Not much happens, but Carré (who was actually pregnant during filming) is compelling.