Frantz (12A)

Fri 09 Jun 2017 - Sat 10 Jun 2017, Mon 12 Jun 2017, Thu 15 Jun 2017 | £6*

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Frantz (12A)

Dir. François Ozon. France, Germany, 114 mins, 2016.

Showing Times:

  • Fri 9 Jun: 2:30pm & 6:30pm
  • Sat 10 Jun: 6:30pm
  • Mon 12 Jun: 7:30pm
  • Thu 15 Jun: 7:30pm

Prolific French director François Ozon (8 Women, Potiche) offers a sumptuous adaptation of one of Ernst Lubitsch’s (The Shop Around the Corner, Heaven Can Wait) lesser known dramas – the 1932 Broken Lullaby.

The largely black and white Frantz takes place in 1919, when a young woman Anna (Paula Beer) discovers the mysterious Adrien (Pierre Niney – Yves Saint Laurent) laying flowers at her eponymous fiancé’s grave in a small German town. Adrien claims to be Frantz’s friend from his student days in Paris before the war and, moved by his connection to her lost love, Anna introduces him to her late fiancé’s parents. Initially resistant to Frantz as a Frenchman and therefore technically their enemy, they nevertheless come to embrace this charming young man, finding solace in his presence.

Exploring themes of alienation and grief, Ozon proves once again that he’s in his element working with women as newcomer Paula Beer brings his protagonist to vivid life in her stunning performance as Anna.

‘Thrilling to watch’ ★★★★
THE GUARDIAN
 

 

Venue: Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix

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