A Love to Hide (Un amour a taire)

>> Thursday, January 29, 2009

A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain while attempting to make their way to England is sheltered by an old friend whose status as a member of the "third" sex soon leads the Gestapo pounding on his door as well. Betrayed by a smuggler who sat idly by as her family was casually slaughtered by the SS, terrified Sara flees into the comforting care of childhood summer-vacation chum Jean and his faithful lover Philippe. Though safe for the moment thanks to Jean's quick-thinking plan to pass her off as a Gallic employee of his family's laundry business, Sara watches in horror as her homosexual protector is forced into a Nazi labor camp as a tragic result of a bad decision made by Jean's troublesome brother Jacques.

This is a truly hidden and obscure gem! Surprisingly brilliant! A young gay couple and their Jewish friend face persecution from the Nazis in 1940s Paris. Philippe (Bruno Todeschini) and Jean (Jeremie Renier) hide their love from both their families and the occupying Germans. When Jean's childhood sweetheart, a Jew, shows up after her family is killed, the two take her in. But now their secret life as members of the "third sex" becomes harder to conceal, especially from Jean's Nazi-sympathizing family. This film was so much more than just a "gay themed" film. It was moving in both a personal and dramatic way - dealing with love, friendship, duty, family, jealousy and the struggle against evil. The film also deals with the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. The blending of Jews and Homosexuals in this film was refreshing. Extremely sad to think of what both groups went through at the hands of the Nazis.


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