Frantz | François Ozon’s Latest Movie Opens in The US March 22, 2017 Talented French writer/director François Ozon lastes movie, Frantz, opened in NY earlier this week and this Friday, March 24th in Los Angeles and Orange County. The movie feature French actor Pierre Niney (who was fantastic in Yves Saint Laurent) and German actress Paula Beer. Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), FRANTZ recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance), 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 Ozon’s characters’ wrestle with their conflicting feelings – survivor’s guilt, anger at ones’ losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. Ozon drew his inspiration from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama Broken Lullaby, with stunning visual references to painter Caspar David Friedrich. Please note that the movie is in German and French with English subtittles. Opening Theatres: Landmark Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. West Los Angeles, CA 90025 Regal Edwards Westpark 8 3735 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606 Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.