A summer dress moves from an original female owner to a gay boy she makes love to in the woods. A cheeky and provocative film about ambivalence and sexuality.
One of the most provocative and vibrant filmmakers to emerge during the 1990s, French director François Ozon has distinguished himself with dark, mordantly psychological films that draw their impact from Ozon’s frank and often disturbing explorations of transgression and sexuality. Combining wry humor, sensitivity, and subversive insight with a talent for manipulation, Ozon has earned comparisons to Hitchcock and Chabrol, directors whose works have provided ample inspiration for the young director as he has staked out his own, impressive territory in the cinema. Born in Paris in 1967, Ozon became interested in filmmaking at a young age. The son of bourgeois intellectuals, he was influenced by such Hollywood-based European directors as Hitchcock, Max Ophuls, and Jean Renoir, and also found great inspiration in the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (one of Fassbinder’s early plays would later inspire Ozon’s Water Drops on Burning Rocks). After earning a master’s degree in cinema, Ozon… read more
The simple, direct, yet masterful, relation between the object and the character arc adds the necessary strength to one of the best and most gleeful depictions of repressed sexuality-related stories I was able to watch properly. Should be shown to any film student as a master-example of how to de-complicate and synthesise short film ideas and prove their potencial don't dissipate by doing it so.
Wonderful early short from Francois Ozon challenging our take on gender roles, sexuality and the sometimes importance on how a piece of cloth is cut. Great chemistry between the 3 leads and vibrant use of colour that we would certainly see in Ozon's later work. Short but oh so sweet.