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The First World War has taken Anna (Paula Beer) her great love. The mourning drives her every day to the grave of her fiancé Frantz, who fell in France. But one day, flowers that don't come from Anna love on the grave. It turns out that the young Frenchman Adrien (Pierre Niney) put them there. When Anna confronts the stranger, he tells him that he had been friends with Frantz. What he reports about the deceased not only helps Anna, but also the parents of Frantz considerably in coping with their grief. But Adrien is pursued by a dark secret…
More about "Frantz", the new film by François Ozon, should not be revealed. Ozon manages very well to lead the viewer astray and even though some of the plot's twists are quite predictable, the way there is still absolutely worth it. The director takes a lot of time to tell the story in elegiac black-and-white pictures, playing with color here and there, which seems like a glimmer of hope in a time determined by grief, prejudice and guilt. Ozone's production is elegant, despite its slowness extremely captivating and touching. Played with great skill by Paula Beer and Pierre Niney, this drama is another example of the French filmmaker's versatility and unpredictability.
"Frantz" is full of poetry and truthfulness, even if the last act seems somewhat constructed. In a very moving way, the film poses the question of guilt, atonement and the importance of forgiveness in coping with grief. It becomes very clear with very discreet means that there can only be losers in a war. It is the great strength of this drama that the message is not thrown around the ears of the audience, but that the ozone is subtly and sensitively at work in every respect.
A difficult topic, a very slow narrative flow and black-and-white images - that sounds like a rather bulky, brain-bound arthouse cinema. This may be true in parts, but the bottom line is that Ozon has succeeded very well in making the story and its characters accessible to the viewer, which intensifies the emotional effect enormously. This makes "Frantz" a strong, penetrating and moving film, for which there is a very clear "Absolutely worth seeing"!
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