omplete QPORIT: Review: FRANTZ in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

 

Review: FRANTZ in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


FRANTZ

Thursday, March 2, 9:15pm (Q&A with François Ozon)
Saturday, March 11, 1:00pm

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

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Frantz


François Ozon, France/Germany, 2016, 113m
French and German with English subtitles


The new film from acclaimed director François Ozon is a sublime, heartrending saga of guilt, forgiveness, and forbidden love in post–World War I Europe. Based on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 antiwar drama Broken Lullaby, it charts the complex bond that forms between two strangers: Anna (Paula Beer), a young German woman grieving the loss of her fiancé, Frantz, in the war, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a former French soldier. What plays out between them is a haunting investigation of postwar trauma and healing rendered in gorgeous black-and-white that occasionally gives way—gloriously—to psychologically charged bursts of color. A Music Box Films release. 


Thursday, March 2, 9:15pm (Q&A with François Ozon)
Saturday, March 11, 1:00pm

TRAILER


REVIEW:

I don’t know what the director intended, but for me this film is a meditation on lying.

The characters lie to each other, sometimes to comfort them; sometimes they lie to themselves, to assuage their grief, or imagine love, or dodge their own guilt and stoke their hate. The acting is styled, and the film is shot in highly stylized black & white, rather than natural behavior and color. Even the plot has some “contrivances” that I think are unlikely to occur in life: either the plot itself is a “lie” or the happiness it suggests is a lie, because this film takes place in the aftermath of WW I, and the story suggests the smoke that will turn into the inferno of WW II.


CAST AND CREW
Director – Francois Ozon
Writers – Francois Ozon, Phillippe Piazzo; adapted from an Ernst Lubitsch film & a Maurice Rostand play.

Pierre Niney - Adrien Rivoire
Paula Beer - Anna
Ernst Stötzner - Doktor Hans Hoffmeister
Marie Gruber - Magda Hoffmeister
Johann von Bülow - Kreutz
Anton von Lucke - Frantz Hoffmeister
Cyrielle Clair - La mère d'Adrien
Alice de Lencquesaing - Fanny


LINKS

FRANTZ – IMDB

FRANCOIS OZON – WIKIPEDIA







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