Frantz

Thursday, Oct. 12 @ 7 pm / Galaxy Cinemas / Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: François Ozon
France/Germany 2016
German with English subtitles / 113 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including brief war violence

In the devastation following World War 1, a young German woman (Paula Beer) mourning the death of her fiancé forms a bond with a mysterious Frenchman (Pierre Niney) visiting her beloved’s grave. But despite his initial charms, the man’s past slowly reveals itself to be more mysterious and murky than it initially seemed. As the two attempt to reconcile the truths with the lies and the light with the darkness, Frantz tells a familiar tale of love, remembrance, grief, and mourning in new and surprising ways.

A splendid cast work through the complications and stages of grief to provide a scathingly anti-nationalist warning from history. Tara Brady, Irish Times

Frantz offers a sympathetic, if dark, look at the awful wake of war, at the cost of institutional violence, as well as the cost of surviving. Tom Long, Detroit News

François Ozon crafts a sombre monochrome melodrama, which adopts its female protagonist’s perspective and skillfully plays with viewers’ expectations. Tom Dawson, Total Film