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.
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.
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]
November 20, 2015
The movie is a revision of both the limitations of the upper classes and their completely outdated morals. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 20, 2015
The acting is remarkable in a movie that does not pretend to be something else than what it truly is, approaching the subject of confusion between genders with originality. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 23, 2015
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 4, 2015
Ozon is on typically slippery, teasing form with... [this] sly and playful tale of female friendship with a twist.
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