12 - 21 May 2017
Cinema 2 / Cinema 3
Newcomer Paula Beer makes her name in this gorgeous-looking post-war drama, from French director François Ozon (Potiche, Swimming Pool).
In a small German town, Anna (Beer) is in mourning for her fiancé Frantz, killed in The Great War. When a mysterious man begins to appear by the grave, he is revealed to be Adrien (Pierre Niney), a former French soldier who has come to pay his respects to a fallen friend. A subtle romance blooms between the pair, but it soon becomes clear that Adrien is keeping an important secret.
Beginning in a sombre black and white, when the characters – and Anna especially – begin to feel joy, or love, or comfort – the screen floats into full colour in a way that’s not intrusive or distracting, but a beautifully clever way to see their inner lives. Ozon saves some dramatic twists to the very end that elevate this period drama into an intriguing emotional experience.
France 2016 Dir François Ozon 114 min