Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), FRANTZ recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney, "Yves Saint Laurent"), a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks. What follows is a surprising exploration of how Ozon's characters’ wrestle with their conflicting feelings - survivor’s guilt, anger at one’s losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments.
Ozon drew his inspiration from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama "Broken Lullaby," with stunning visual references to painter Caspar David Friedrich.
- Director: François Ozon
- Country: France
- Genre: Drama
- Year: 2017
- Run Time: 01:54:00
- imdb Score: 7.5/10 (1,790 votes)
- Language: French | German
- Rating: PG-13
- Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner
Andrea Gronvall - CHICAGO READER
"Ozon is often at his best when working with women, and he has a fabulous talent in Paula Beer to bring his protagonist, Anna, to vivid life. She’s stunning in the role."
Nigel M Smith - THE GUARDIAN
"As if shedding a skin, the film shucks off its elegiac, white-gloved manners to explore a slippery realm of secrets, lies and moral uncertainty that eventually leads her to consult a priest for advice on how to proceed."
Stephen Holden - NEW YORK TIMES
Venice Film Festival 2016
Best Young Actress
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2016
Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2016
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Busan Int'l Film Festival 2016
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San Sebastián Film Festival 2016
London Film Festival 2016
Philadelphia Int'l Film Festival 2016
Stockholm Int'l Film Festival 2016
Dubai Int'l Film Festival 2016
Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2017
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