2016, François Ozon, France, 113 min. With Paula Beer, Pierre Niney.
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"Richly imagined and superbly assembled...a master storyteller is at work." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
"[Ozon's] complex sensibilities and fine-tuned irony are very evident in a mature work that transcends genre pastiche to be intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying." — Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
The prolific and versatile Ozon, known for such sophisticated romps as 8 WOMEN and POTICHE, breaks new ground in this delicate autumnal period piece with undertones of contemporary political relevance. In a German town after World War I, Anna (Beer in a breakthrough performance) develops a strange bond with the young Frenchman Adrien whom she discovers visiting the grave of her late fiancé Frantz, killed in battle. The story is loosely based on Ernst Lubitsch's little-known 1932 film THE MAN I KILLED, although Ozon shifts the film's center from the French visitor to the German fiancée and adds a crucial second half in which Anna searches for Adrien in France. Expanding the central story are a critique of divisive nationalism (especially in a harrowing scene of a French café bursting into a bloodthirsty rendition of "La Marseillaise") and a consideration of the ability of art to deal with death and mourning, which pays off in the haunting final shot. Recipient of ten César Award nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and New Actress (Beer). In German and French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Music Box Films. DCP digital widescreen. (MR).