Frantz

1hr 54mins | Rated PG | Violence

"It's one of his most heartfelt films, beautifully made and very moving in its own quiet, self-effacing way."
The Independent

"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." The Guardian

Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918). 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. Ozon drew his inspiration from Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 drama Broken Lullaby.

 
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