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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.5/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: François Ozon

Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

Writers: François Ozon, Philippe Piazzo, Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bülow, Anton von Lucke, Cyrielle Clair, Alice de Lencquesaing, Axel Wandtke, Rainer Egger, Rainer Silberschneider, Merlin Rose, Ralf Dittrich, Michael Witte, Lutz Blochberger, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pierre Niney - Adrien Rivoire
Paula Beer - Anna
Ernst Stötzner - Doktor Hans Hoffmeister
Marie Gruber - Magda Hoffmeister
Johann von Bülow - Kreutz
Anton von Lucke - Frantz Hoffmeister
Cyrielle Clair - La mère d'Adrien
Alice de Lencquesaing - Fanny
Axel Wandtke - Le réceptionniste de l'hôtel
Rainer Egger - Le gardien du cimetière allemand
Rainer Silberschneider - Le vendeur de la robe
Merlin Rose - Le jeune homme ivre
Ralf Dittrich - Adolf
Michael Witte - Gustav
Lutz Blochberger - L'homme du lac


Official Website: Official Facebook (French) | Official Facebook (German) |

Country: France, Germany

Language: French, German

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Görlitz, Saxony, Germany

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

'Frantz' would be the perfect film to be aired by the bilingual Franco-German television station Arte. It's half German and half French. In fact, the film is about how these two countries come to grips with the aftermath of the First World War. There is a German and a French lead character, and both languages are spoken. This is unusual, but doesn't feel strange. The story starts in 1919, with a young widow visiting the grave of her fiancé, who died in France during the war. When she notices a Frenchman visiting his grave, she is taken aback. He presents himself as an old friend from the time the soldier studied in Paris. But little things reveal that this is not the whole story. Soon, the truth emerges and the story takes some surprising and moving twists. Acclaimed French director Francois Ozon has put a lot into this movie. It is an anti-war story, but also a bitter-sweet love story as well as a portrayal of a society suffering from a post war trauma. It is most of all an appeal for mutual understanding and rejection of prejudice. In this sense, the message is now more urgent than ever, in view of the growing support for populist and even racist politics on both sides of the Atlantic. The film is shot in beautiful and stylish black and white, perfectly capturing the elegance of the period. Ozon doesn't need any distracting subplots or flashy gimmicks, apart from the use of colour in a few scenes. I couldn't quite figure out the meaning of this. Some colour scenes are set in a different time frame, others seem to indicate the rare moments of happiness in a time that's full of grief and sorrow. The very last scene captures one of those moments in a wonderful way.


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