Frantz Reviews

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September 12, 2017
Directed by François Ozon, Frantz's initial gloom is off putting, but the story captures you in surprising ways.
June 2, 2017
"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.
May 12, 2017
François Ozon is a master at taking apart the French chattering classes, but here he attempts an almost classical piece of film-making in black and white, French and German, a tangled tale of love and friendship.
May 12, 2017
A much needed but underwhelming ode to pacifism and the futility of war.
May 4, 2017
Ozon wants to add another layer of perspective, to place Frantz's death in yet another context. Instead, the film's second half makes the first look strategic-a means to an end-serving less to countervail or complement than to cancel it out.
April 12, 2017
There's a sense of quiet introspection reminiscent of Ozon's collaborations with Charlotte Rampling, The Swimming Pool and Under the Sand -- arguably his best films.
April 7, 2017
The perhaps too-beautifully manicured black-and-white 'Scope cinematography and Paula Beer's bravura turn as the German girl who got left behind make it worth your while.
April 7, 2017
"Frantz," a moving film set in post-World War I Europe, looks at truth and lies and the necessity for both in a grieving world that makes no sense.
April 7, 2017
A fine bilingual cast, haunting period detail and a provocative approach to a twisting story carry the day.
April 6, 2017
French filmmaker Francois Ozon reminds us of the adage, "the first casualty of war is truth." He does so in a way that beguiles but also bedevils.
April 6, 2017
"Frantz" contains revelations unrelated to the manner in which it protects, and then peels away, its central mystery. Ultimately, it addresses the question: Why go on living when life itself betrays us?
March 30, 2017
"Frantz" is pleasurable slow going, developing its themes at an amble but with a measure of suspense, sympathy toward its characters, and a lasting faith in filmmaking craft.
March 29, 2017
"Frantz" is an old-fashioned movie, in the very best of ways.
March 24, 2017
One could easily imagine this film being rendered in a high romantic style, but Ozon's austerity gives the story an almost classical rigor. The drama plays out in measured syncopation, with no scene or moment held too long.
March 24, 2017
François Ozon's Frantz is a very modern period piece -- and a beautiful one -- with a fascinating lineage.
March 23, 2017
More than once, "Frantz" hints that it will reveal itself as a homoerotic reworking of "Broken Lullaby." But Ozon has something simpler and no less intriguing up his sleeve.
March 22, 2017
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.
March 17, 2017
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.
Top Critic
March 16, 2017
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.
March 16, 2017
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.
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