Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bülow & Anton von Lucke

Director: François Ozon

Running Time: 114 minutes

Certificate: 12A - contains infrequent moderate violence

Country: France / Germany (subtitled)

Format: 2D

"François Ozon is a master at taking apart the French chattering classes, but here he attempts an almost classical piece of film-making, a tangled tale of love and friendship set in the aftermath of WWI. Paula Beer’s exquisite face holds the screen like a silent star"
- Kate Muir, The Times

"François Ozon, surprising us again, returns with a sumptuous period war drama that is thrilling to watch. Often at his best when working with women, he has found a fabulous talent in German actor Paula Beer. Anchoring the film beautifully, she is stunning in the role"
- Nigel M. Smith, The Guardian

"Frantz is surprisingly chaste stuff for Ozon but as an unashamed throwback to old cinematic values, it’s a quiet joy; a twisty-turny post-War mystery that boasts a kaleidoscope of quiet emotions. It unfolds slowly, but rewards patience with strong performances and a swooning third act"
- Phil de Semlyen, Empire

"Francois Ozon’s latest riddle features an incredible performance from newcomer Paula Beer. His film doesn’t tell us what to think, just to feel for five characters and ponder the emptiness that lurks in even the fullest of lives"
- Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard

"This is one of Ozon’s very best films; a subtle, beautifully observed and very restrained melodrama. Frantz shows a director a reflective groove. It’s one of his most heartfelt films, beautifully made and very moving in its own quiet, self-effacing way"
- Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent

"Ozon brings in possibilities that no 1930s film would have put up front but the movie’s appeal is essentially that of an old-fashioned melodrama. Its lush emotions, rich style and artful photography make it good for a wallow"
- Edward Porter, Sunday Times Culture

"Colour flashbacks are infused with inviting warmth in this elegant interwar romance, which contrasts with the black and white of a reality in which everyone mourns at least one loved one. There’s a pleasing symmetry to this story and Beer’s silky self-possession is utterly beguiling"
- Wendy Ide, The Observer

One of world cinema’s most prolific auteurs, François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House) returns with the moving and poetic period drama Frantz, an elegant reimagining of the story behind Ernst Lubitsch’s undersung 1932 drama Broken Lullaby.

In a small German town in 1919, Anna mourns every day at the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed in battle during World War I. One day she spies a mysterious young Frenchman, Adrien, also laying flowers at the grave. Together they begin to bond over their shared grief, though Anna is intrigued by the enigmatic nature of Adrien’s relationship with her fiancé. As the pair become increasingly close, long buried secrets are revealed that will change the fabric of their lives and take them across a wearied and battle-scarred Europe.


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