Critic Consensus: Frantz finds writer-director François Ozon thoughtfully probing the aftermath of World War I through the memories and relationships of loved ones left behind.
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Ozon creates a beautiful stillness in Frantz that makes us feel we are there in the midst of these lives, witnessing the purity of their sadness.
Francois Ozon's post-WW1 period piece about a German widow and a French solder takes on xenophobic hatred that's as timely as Trump, making Frantz is a film of its time ... and ours.
A young woman's emergence is a recurrent Ozon theme, and Beers embodies the transformation luminously, if not so flashily as some of the director's Gallic leading ladies.
This sublime mature work by François Ozon borrows liberally from Ernst Lubitsch's Broken Lullaby (1932) but supplants its fevered melodrama with erotically charged mystery.
Even if you know the twist - revealed halfway through the movie - there are enough feints here to make you wonder if the story is headed in a different direction.
The deepening ties between Anna and Adrien have the same kind of dull, matte gloss of the black-and-white cinematography - monochrome that occasionally segues to color, an ill-conceived gambit occasioned by flashbacks and fleeting moments of joy.
Audience Reviews for Frantz
Unusually plotted and beautifully acted period piece with stunning black and white photography (and small, wonderful moments in colour). There's a lot of great subtext and subtle parallels in the shifting story, and it has one of the most perfect endings I've seen all year.
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