The New Girlfriend

2014, Comedy/Mystery & thriller, 1h 47m

84 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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While flirting with camp, François Ozon's The New Girlfriend offers thoughtful -- and humorous -- commentary on sexual and gender identity. Read critic reviews

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A recently widowed man (Romain Duris) develops a close bond with his wife's best friend (Anaïs Demoustier), while returning to his compulsion to dress like a woman.

Cast & Crew

Romain Duris
David, Virginia
Anaïs Demoustier
Claire
Aurore Clément
Liz, la mère de Laura
Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat
Robert, le père de Laura
Bruno Pérard
Eva Carlton
Anita Gillier
Infirmière
Alex Fondja
Aide-soignant
Zita Hanrot
Serveuse restaurant
François Ozon
Screenwriter
Pascal Marti
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Philippe Rombi
Original Music
Michel Barthélémy
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Pascaline Chavanne
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Critic Reviews for The New Girlfriend

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (17)

  • Ozon, perhaps not entirely purposely, addresses the very timely issue of trans and non-binary gender identity, yet he does it within the framework of his usual style and preoccupations - and shortchanges neither.

    May 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A swirl of gender confusion, "The New Girlfriend" tosses all the he/she/we question marks it can find in a tale of contemporary confused sexuality.

    October 23, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • It's less than it should've been, and a little mild. But Ozon makes it glide with confidence, in or out of heels.

    September 24, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Duris in drag looks like a refugee from the New York Dolls, but his character aspires to nothing more than life as a bourgeois, pearl-clad mom.

    September 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The New Girlfriend is a funny, delicate, subtly flavored dish deliciously prepared by Franois Ozon - idiosyncratic and unforgettable.

    September 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though it winds its way to a much different destination (and features far more crossdressing), The New Girlfriend is, like Vertigo, very much a film about loss and what we do to fill the spaces vacated by those who leave us.

    September 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Ozon, perhaps not entirely purposely, addresses the very timely issue of trans and non-binary gender identity, yet he does it within the framework of his usual style and preoccupations - and shortchanges neither.

    May 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A swirl of gender confusion, "The New Girlfriend" tosses all the he/she/we question marks it can find in a tale of contemporary confused sexuality.

    October 23, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • It's less than it should've been, and a little mild. But Ozon makes it glide with confidence, in or out of heels.

    September 24, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Duris in drag looks like a refugee from the New York Dolls, but his character aspires to nothing more than life as a bourgeois, pearl-clad mom.

    September 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Wasting too much time on trying to hit the full gamut of Claire's possible emotions is what drags the film down from what it has the potential to be.

    January 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Featuring winning performances from Romain Duris and Anais Demoustier, The New Girlfriend is one of Ozon's most successfully transgressive titles over the last decade, and will hopefully be recuperated as such.

    October 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The New Girlfriend

  • Apr 08, 2015
    Duris delivers a profoundly sensitive performance without a hint of stereotype in this surprising drama that understands the complexity of sexuality, despite a few narrative missteps especially in the second half (the scene with Duris and Personnaz in the shower is nonsensical).
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2014
    Ozon has done it again.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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