Francois Ozon's FRANTZ
From master filmmaker François Ozon, a haunting tale of love and reconciliation in the aftermath of World War I. A small town German family in mourning over the death of their son finds their lives turned upside-down again by the appearance of a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on his grave.
Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war's "lost generation": Anna (Paula Beer), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz's grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany's defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks. What follows is a surprising exploration of how François Ozon's characters' wrestle with their conflicting feelings - survivor's guilt, anger at one's losses, happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. (France/Germany, 2016, 114 min., French/German with English subtitles, PG-13, Black & White, DCP | Dir. François Ozon)