The New Girlfriend Reviews

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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The movie is a revision of both the limitations of the upper classes and their completely outdated morals.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]
November 19, 2015
It's never clear what the director's intentions are, the premise looses strenght and it falls apart thowards the end. [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.
September 25, 2015
What is surprising is how conventionally the screenplay begins to wrap up this story and how blatantly manipulative its methods are in order to do so.
September 24, 2015
Duris creates a sensitive and moving character, a confused soul, lost without his wife, who was the anchor of his life.
September 24, 2015
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
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.
Top Critic
September 24, 2015
The New Girlfriend is a funny, delicate, subtly flavored dish deliciously prepared by Franois Ozon - idiosyncratic and unforgettable.
September 24, 2015
An oddly sweet film, gentle and genuine, but it's also aware of murky psychological spaces, pushing focus on clearing confusion, not sensationalizing the obvious.
September 24, 2015
It's fun to watch "The New Girlfriend" the way it's fun to drink a glass of Champagne, and about as memorable.
September 22, 2015
There's frippery and flummery a la Almodvar and Hitchcock, two of Ozon's favorite directors, and he also cites Wilder's understanding of drag... (And not to forget Ozon's love for Fassbinder, the late rapid-fire genre-gobbler.)
September 18, 2015
As much as this wildly uneven French melodrama is frustrating for its erratic shifts in tone, it's also funny and suspenseful and provocative for almost the same reason.
September 18, 2015
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
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.
September 18, 2015
If this movie had been made 20 years ago, it might have had a little more kink to it; but now, although it's expertly done, it's a little late to the transgressive party. Even bad boys lose their edge.
September 18, 2015
[An] essentially silly and trite treatise on gender fluidity.
September 18, 2015
Maybe a new girlfriend, but definitely old tropes.
September 17, 2015
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.
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