The film shows a particularly interesting view on the complexity of human mind. It's not the first film to rise the issue of transsexualism nevertheless it brings a catchy story plot along with a remarkable interpretation by Duris, who never seems to disappoint. Once again Ozon proves to be a skillful director bringing a sense of thrill and suspense to the narratives, common in his films such as "Swimming Poll".
"The New Girlfirend" finds a strikingly good balance between witty comedy and the emotional drama of overcoming someone's death while dealing with gender identity issues. Claire's conventional life is shaken by Virginia's desire to express herself by crossdressing and discovering the queer community. The two leading characters are rich and complex, making the film a journey to better understand both of them.
Since his film made from a Fassbinder script that Ozon, the overvalued Ozon, didn' look for a wicked fairy tale and here he found a potential possibility, largely wasted by his usual inability to release a film from a good formal behavior, descriptive and illustrative, clearly demonstrated by the horrendous ending. But in the transvestite show, although attributed to an "other", Dorothy in Oz was close by.
Rendell renders fraught, hair-raising scenarios out of of the interplay of knotty, needy psyches. Ozon, in this case at least, serves up slick, less-than-skin-deep bromides, pretty enough to sit through but too thin to sustain much thinking about. Tsk tsk and even harumph.
Mit Elementen der romantischen Komödie, des Melodrams und auch des Thrillers ist Francois Ozons neuer Film so etwas wie ein Drahtseilakt des Kinos geworden! Der kleinste Schritt daneben, könnte das ganze Kunstgebilde zerstören! Was in weniger fähigenden Händen zum totalen Albtraum missraten würde, vollbringt Ozon mit seiner berühmten Leichtigkeit... mehr auf cinegeek.de
This was a mix of queerness, comedy and drama. Better than I expected. The joy of watching French cinema is that you can see their artistic freedom in expressing the human condition. Films are made for the joy of making it, and what a pleasure it is to see things unfold without restrictions. Fascinating characters, and an odd-romantically quirky story.
Mr. Ozon, who proves to be a legitimate filmmaker, grabs some moods from Almodóvar, yet giving priority to a seductive moderation over exuberance, and also from Xavier Dolan, with the particularity of being slightly more humorous and less staged. (3.5 stars)