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Times of Life: Two Films by François Ozon

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François Ozon has established himself in French contemporary cinema as a prolific director best known for his own take on the melodrama genre. For this special double bill, we bring together two of his more delicate and lesser-known films, that although come one after another in his extensive filmography, take different approaches to explore the notion of time in one’s life and relationships.

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François Ozon France, 2004

By distilling the essential fragments of a relationship and putting them side by side, François Ozon delivers a chronicle presenting the destructive and cruel effects that time can have on our most noble feelings. A heartfelt observation of a couple’s odyssey, simultaneously unique and universal.

Time to Leave

François Ozon France, 2005

How does time’s value shift when the present becomes an uncertain and insecure entity? With a touching grandmother-grandson relationship at its heart, played by Jeanne Moreau and Melvil Poupaud, François Ozon reflects on this question through an attentive and complex drama.

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