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3.4
489 Ratings

Frantz

Directed by François Ozon
France, Germany, 2016
Drama, Romance, War

Synopsis

In 1919 Quedlinburg, Germany, a young woman named Anna is still mourning the death of her fiance, Frantz Hoffmeister, in the Great War while living with his equally devastated parents. One day, a mysterious Frenchman, Adrien Rivoire, comes to town both to pay his respects to Frantz’s grave.

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Frantz Directed by François Ozon
The director never condescends to these people; rather, the film is gentle and delicate, shot mainly in gossamer black-and-white widescreen and in compositions that grant a certain spatial integrity to each character. Ozon respects the emotional sincerity of classic Hollywood melodrama without slavishly imitating it… Further, the brief flashes of color that occur whenever Frantz is evoked in others’ hearts may feel sometimes like a gimmick, but at least it isn’t an ironic, postmodern one.
March 17, 2017
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The rare case of a remake that far surpasses the original, this sublime mature work by François Ozon borrows liberally from Ernst Lubitsch’s Broken Lullaby (1932) but supplants its fevered melodrama with erotically charged mystery. . . . Budgetary constraints forced Ozon to shoot in black and white, yet the seductive 35-millimeter imagery gains in potency from the brief color sequences used to reconstruct an elusive past.
March 16, 2017
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As the emotional fulcrum of the film, the deepening ties between Anna and Adrien have the same kind of dull, matte gloss of the black-and-white cinematography — monochrome that occasionally segues to color, an ill-conceived gambit occasioned by flashbacks and fleeting moments of joy.
March 15, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Frantz

    ['Ma seule blessure c'est Frantz.' </3] Do you believe in rapture? I do. Do you believe in love? I do. Do you believe in forgiveness? I do (sometimes). Do you believe in film? I do Do. ["Não tenhas medo de nos fazer felizes."] Le suicidé. - do you like that painting...? I do. Makes me want to live. Anna was robbed of so many things, how did she manage to jumpstart her heart again...?

  • josé neves's rating of the film Frantz

    Digital. Although the matrix is a Lubitsch's masterpiece, in fact coming from someone who started with pretentious provocative shorts, it could introduce a variation that should compromise the classic building, as Haynes did in "Far From Heaven" and that in the first part of the film is tentatively suggested. But Ozon is far from being an "author" and doesn't do more (always did) than stuffing "le cinéma du papa".

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film Frantz

    This film achieves maximum impact through subtlety Like a great book there are many reversals and one of the more Interesting uses of color in a long time to make the characters real and immediate to us.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Frantz

    Ozon delivers a post WWI tale of reconciliation, mourning, lies, hope and compromise. Gorgeously shot by d.p. Pascal Marti and wonderfully acted by leads Pierre Niney and Paula Beer this elegant and moving film deserves discovering. Also of note is a great turn by Ernst Stotzner as a German doctor well aware where the fault of war lies. Ozon's filmography entertains many genres and this ranks amongst his best.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Frantz

    I like the way François Ozon plays with our prejudices: Can you swear that you didn't presume Frantz and Adrien to be lovers in the first part of the film? Strongly recommended.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Frantz

    WWI tale of misfired love, which suffers from all the vices of a 'wanna-be' art film. Contrived in the way the twist is delivered with convnetionally 'stylish' b/w photography empty of any signification, it is too placid for its own good. A further problem concerns the many close ups on Niney as if Ozon wants to impose on the viewer the deception in the plot. Talents are wasted in this overated film, including Beer.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Frantz

    To the victor go the spoils, which in this case is a very lovely German woman. The law of the caveman says: I kill your husband and you come with me. Only it's modernized. He just wants forgiveness, which isn't very manly, but very Christian of him. It seems like she talks herself into wanting him, given all the bad choices around her. I particularly liked that everything was understated. Ozon is a master.

  • Michel's rating of the film Frantz

    It starts interestingly enough as an exploration of grief, identity and guilt but quickly devolves into a kinda dull unrequited love story.

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