By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu)

By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu) France/Belgium (2019) Dir. François Ozon “God teaches us to love children. Just not that much.” These words are not meant in jest, spoken by a high-ranking cardinal when discussing an accusation of historical sexual child abuse by one of his priests. Based on real events, this is … Continue reading By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu)

L’Amant Double

L'Amant Double France/Belgium (2017) Dir. François Ozon When a director’s reputation precedes them by a vast distance, reading the summary of their latest film fills you with either a cold dread or perverse excitement. And when that director is maverick auteur François Ozon and one early shot is an extreme close up of lady parts … Continue reading L’Amant Double

Frantz

Frantz France/Germany (2016) Dir. François Ozon Some might consider remaking a film by the legendary Ernst Lubitsch as a bold move (although it’s already happened with Mel Brooks in To Be Or Not To Be) but François Ozon has never been afraid to defy convention. Luckily he chose a lesser-known Lubistch film to update, 1932’s … Continue reading Frantz

Under The Sand (Sous le sable)

Under The Sand (Sous le sable) France (2000) Dir. François Ozon When you read a plot synopsis and then notice the name of the film’s director, there are occasions where this association will elicit feelings of trepidation. This is not a case of say, Lars von Trier doing romantic comedy, but French provocateur François Ozon … Continue reading Under The Sand (Sous le sable)

Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes)

Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes) France (2000) Dir. François Ozon This is a collaboration of sorts between two arthouse heavyweights which would have blown a few minds had it occurred when one of them was still alive. French enfant terrible François Ozon adapts a stage play by German auteur Rainer … Continue reading Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes)

Ricky

Ricky France (2009) Dir. François Ozon If there was ever a caveat to being a director who swaps genres with relative ease and frequency it is that the audience finds themselves either too trusting that they’ll deliver something remarkably different or fearful that they will deliver something that is TOO different. France’s François Ozon is certainly … Continue reading Ricky

Regarde la mer And Other Films

Regarde la mer And Other Films France (1994-2006) Dir. François Ozon One of France’s most prolific and boldest filmmakers of the past twenty years, François Ozon has amassed quite the catalogue of varied films covering a myriad of themes, which has seen him rise from obscure Enfant terrible to acclaimed mainstream heavy hitter who can … Continue reading Regarde la mer And Other Films

The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie)

The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie) France (2014) Dir. François Ozon No-one can accuse François Ozon of being a director who plays it safe. With the central issue of his latest film being a rather prominent one in the news of late, to handle it with anything other than sensitivity would be a dangerous move. … Continue reading The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie)

Jeune & Jolie

Jeune & Jolie France (2013) Dir. François Ozon While on a family summer holiday 17 year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth) loses her virginity to her German beau Felix (Lucas Prisor) but feels nothing from the experience. Upon returning home to Paris, Isabelle becomes a prostitute on the quiet, adopting the name Lea with a string of … Continue reading Jeune & Jolie

Hideaway (Le Refuge)

Hideaway (Le Refuge) France (2009) Dir. François Ozon Mousse (Isabelle Carré) and Louis (Melvil Poupaud) are a young Parisian couple both hopelessly addicted to drugs. When Louis dies after an overdose, Mousse survives and discovers she is pregnant. Louis’s rich mother (Claire Vernet) is ashamed of how her son died and tells Mousse she’ll arrange … Continue reading Hideaway (Le Refuge)