Once upon a time in the suburbs, there lived a teenager named Alice. A pretty girl who liked to play games. Games of seduction. Games of violence. One day Alice decided to kill Said, a handsome and cocky classmate, so she manipulated her naive boyfriend Luc into committing the cold-blooded crime as proof of his love. Alice thought that she had carefully planned everything, but a life of true crime can be filled with so many difficulties. Alice and Luc went to the forest to dispose of Said’s body. Once their work was done, Alice and Luc noticed they were lost. Luckily, they found a rowboat on a stream, but it only carried them deeper into nowhere. Poor Alice and Luc. Cold, hungry and all alone. And everyone knows that the woods are filled with traps for careless young rabbits. Happily, they stumble onto a quaint little cabin inhabited by a lone woodsman, but Alice and Luc didn’t realize they were about to discover that life is not a fairy tale at all… —Rotten Tomatoes
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
A fairly simple story where Ozon's recurring views of sexuality and human relations mix. Two lovers, one seemingly controlling the other, leads to a horrible crime being committed and the two running away. From there, their future goes haywire. Strong direction, but quite fluffy. I really enjoyed the lack of a soundtrack throughout, which felt like a breather from most other films.