Water Drops On Burning Rocks (2000)

Water Drops On Burning Rocks


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French bad boy director Francois Ozon follows up on his controversial first two films Sitcom (1998) and Criminal Lovers (1999) with this adaptation of a play that legendary German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder wrote when he was 19 years old. Retaining the play's four-act structure, the first act opens with middle-aged Leopold (Bernard Giraudeau) escorting young Franz (Malick Zidi) back to his apartment. Franz, who was on his way to visit his fiancée Anna, allows himself to be picked up by … More

Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: François Ozon
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On DVD: Oct 16, 2001
Zeitgeist Films


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Critic Reviews for Water Drops On Burning Rocks

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7)

The film is very theatrical and admittedly 'staged,' but always purposefully.

January 1, 2000
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Good for Ozon, less so for Fassbinder.

October 10, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Water Drops On Burning Rocks


As a curious exaggeration of stereotypes, this film may be interesting at a first look, but the many attempts at dark humor are not funny and only feel awkward and out of place - which can also be said about the surreal tone that makes it seem sterile and pointless.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This is probably the picture Anne Wheeler wanted to make, but then again she could call this "Better than Chocolate: The Sequel" I dunno... "WDOBR" is a good littel independent picture that focuses on four interesting characters who happen to have a problem dealing with love and betrayle.

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Brian R

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This is the most pretentious movie ever made. It's almost awe inspiring! You would have thought that during the filming someone would have said to tone it down a bit but no way! This movie is so awful that it has set back French Cinema by at least a decade... all that work by Besson, Jeunet, Caro, and the "New French Extremity" was nearly thrown against the rocks (excuse the pun). Thankfully the geniuses that I just listed have caused this movie to be just a fading nightmare.

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