Film Review: Frantz

François Ozon’s Frantz is an absorbing drama. The film is beautifully photographed, and features a fine central performance. Following the end of World War I, German Anna mourns the death of her fiancé. Visiting the cemetery, Anna meets a mysterious Frenchman who is also laying flowers on her fiancé’s grave… François Ozon is known for working within a number of genres, yet […]

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Film Review: Jeune et Jolie

François Ozon’s Jeune et Jolie is for the most part an engaging if subversive coming-of-age story. Sixteen-year-old Isabelle spends the summer with her family by the beach. The events of the summer break have an impact on the rest of Isabelle’s year, although perhaps not in the way imagined… Jeune et Jolie is unique spin on the coming-of-age narrative. The film […]

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Film Review: Potiche

Potiche is a charming comedy from director François Ozon. Catherine Deneuve steals the show with her performance as trophy housewife Suzanne Pujol. In the late 1970s, Suzanne Pujol is made to feel like a trophy housewife by her husband Robert and two grown-up children. When Robert is taken hostage by his striking employees, Suzanne reluctantly takes control of the situation. […]

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