The New Girlfriend Reviews

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May 10, 2019
Though its respect for the characters and concluding vision of an unconventional family is admirable, The New Girlfriend is most convincing when simply depicting friendship.
April 17, 2019
From the opening close-ups of a costumed bride slowly revealed to be an embalmed corpse, The New Girlfriend wants to keep you unbalanced and curious, but like a lot of Ozon films, it never quite gets out of its own head.
April 5, 2019
In The New Girlfriend, viewers are given a piece that walks the tightrope between drama and comedy, thriller and thinkpiece. This is a film that artfully ponders the process of grief while also finding rebirth from within.
November 5, 2018
The film devolves into a slightly timid exercise in kitsch; it's the sort of thing Pedro Almodóvar would do a lot more convincingly.
October 5, 2018
The New Girlfriend is perhaps best experienced as variations on a theme, rather than an organically developed story; I just wish that were the experience Ozon had intended.
August 29, 2018
The political dynamic that would have made the film simply topical turns into a psychological dynamic that makes the film and its relationships more complicated and unpredictable.
February 15, 2018
In life and cinema, trans women's lives are often extremely difficult. Ozon is generous enough to imagine a path around their usual obstacle courses.
November 21, 2017
The reason this is one of Ozon's most approachable and soft-centred films is that it is one of his most radically activist.
August 14, 2017
With The New Girlfriend, [Franois] Ozon reminds us that defying labels isn't something we outgrow, but often a natural part of a person's identity, of any age.
July 28, 2017
The real problem is that the two storylines bump up against each other with a tonal inconsistency that backs us against a wall. A deus ex machina is required to tie up the narrative, and it's a clunky one.
May 12, 2016
While there is occasional delight of artful satire, fanciful farce, psychological undercurrent and political breadth, it soon becomes evident, as the intricate subplots and subtexts unfold, Ozon has rather overstretched himself again.
May 3, 2016
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.
April 10, 2016
t's tempting to call this film a dark comedy-it is after all based on a novel by author Ruth Rendell-but for all the wit (and there is plenty) there is very little darkness in this playful psychological drama.
January 26, 2016
A strong thematic undercurrent pits bourgeois social conventions against authentic self-definition and ultimate freedom to live without shame or undue social limitations.
January 9, 2016
...an intelligent investigation of hearts that don't know quite what they want.
December 21, 2015
Arguably reminiscent of 'camp' Ozon entries like Angel and 8 Women, this has good enough work from Duris, but is truly saved by the lovely and lively Demoustier.
December 3, 2015
While many "gay" and "identity" films wallow in weightiness, Ozon has always rejected categorizing cinema in the same way that he has embraced sexual fluidity.
November 25, 2015
A strong, twisted, but perfectly written, directed and acted film. [Full review in Spanish]
November 25, 2015
A solid script full of surprises and great performances. [Full review in Spanish]
November 23, 2015
Simply magnificent. [Full review in Spanish]
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