TIFF 2016 Movie Review: FRANTZ (France/Germany 2916) ***1/2

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

FRANTZ (France/Germany 2916) ***1/2
Directed by Francois Ozon

Starring: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner

Review by Gilbert Seah

What would be TIFF be without another film from French director Francois Ozon who has a new film very festival?

FRANTZ is Ozon’s elegiac tale of love and remembrance set in a small German town in the aftermath of World War I, where a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé forms a bond with a mysterious Frenchman who has arrived to lay flowers on her beloved’s grave. Anna was engaged to Frantz, who was killed, and the people in her German home town are just beginning to emerge from the shadow of horrendous conflict.

Frantz’s parents are shattered over their son’s death. The stranger reveals himself to be Adrien (Pierre Niney) who knew Frantz in the pre-war period, when the two of them became fast friends over their shared love of art and, in particular, music. But there is much more in the story, which is revealed a bit at a time in Ozon’s carefully calculated though slow moving tale of redemption.

This is Ozon’s most emotional film and though might be tedious to some, succeeds in the very end. Shot in both German and French, black and white and in colour.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO_z5BRsFnM

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