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DIRECTOR François Ozon
CAST Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber
A beautiful period drama from French auteur François Ozon set in the aftermath of the First World War, as two people meet over the shared memory of dead soldier Frantz.
French auteur François Ozon’s beautifully crafted period drama is set in the aftermath of the First World War. A young German woman mourning her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed in combat, finds comfort in the arrival of a Frenchman who leaves flowers at Frantz’s grave. Sorrow draws them together but what does she really know about this mystery man? Largely filmed in gorgeous black and white, this beautiful film asks whether carefully constructed lies can heal the emotional wounds of war.
(2016 France / Germany 114 mins Subtitled)
It’s a subtle, beautifully observed and very restrained melodrama, loosely inspired by Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 feature, Broken Lullaby. Reflecting its elegiac mood, the film is largely shot in black and white but bursts occasionally into colour as its characters try steal at least a few moments of happiness … It’s one of his most heartfelt films, beautifully made and very moving in its own quiet, self-effacing way. Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
Language: French / German
BBFC advice: Contains infrequent moderate violence
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