The New Girlfriend


The New Girlfriend

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



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Francois Ozon's humorous psychological drama The New Girlfriend stars Anais Demoustier as Claire, a young woman whose closest friend since childhood, Lea, passes away leaving behind a husband, David (Romain Duris) and a newborn baby. One day she drops by David's house unexpectedly, and finds him dressed in his dead wife's clothes and feeding their baby with a bottle. He explains that Lea was well aware of his predilection, and eventually, so relieved that he has someone to share his secret with, David and Claire create a female persona for him named Virginia. As David begins to identify more strongly as Virginia, this leads to confusing and conflicting feelings in Claire, and causes a rift between Claire and her husband (Raphael Personnaz). The New Girlfriend screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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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.

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

Sep 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.

Sep 24, 2015 | Full Review…

The New Girlfriend is a funny, delicate, subtly flavored dish deliciously prepared by François Ozon - idiosyncratic and unforgettable.

Sep 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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A wildly entertaining work, one that manages to be simultaneously funny, touching, slightly unnerving and undeniably sexy to behold, regardless of where your predilections may lie.

Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Although at times amorphously told and genre non-specific - Dark comedy? Soapy drama? DePalma-esque thriller? - the film holds interest as it often defies expectation and juggles its bold, complex emotions.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The New Girlfriend


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Ozon has done it again.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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