A haunting elegy set in the aftermath of WWI, Frantz is another successful change of pace for the prolific François Ozon. Mourning the death of her fiancé Frantz, Anna (Paula Beer) stays with his grieving parents in their idyllic German village until one day she comes across the mysterious Adrien (Pierre Niney), who claims to be Frantz’s long-time friend from Paris leaving flowers on his grave. Accepting Adrien as the only living connection to her fiancé, Anna begins to develop feelings for this striking Frenchman who may not be all that he seems. (Notes by David O’ Mahony)
Director’s note: Visual refinement, rigorous structure and editing further extend Ozon’s breadth of work in this intensely moving period piece.
Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2016.