In the original “The New Girlfriend,” Rendell generally came off as a liberal, but the violence of her story suggested an inability to fully accept transgenderism—an inability alien to Ozon’s sensibility. While Rendell and Ozon share a Hitchcockian perversity, the filmmaker has a love for camp all his own. Ozon likes to tease us with hints of same-sex desire… In life and cinema, trans women’s lives are often extremely difficult. Ozon is generous enough to imagine a path around their usual obstacle courses.
September 14, 2015