Francois Ozon - The Films

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It's about time, right? His new transsexual movie The New Girlfriend is out. I got the screener; will watch it this week. There's a superficiality to him that's attractive and frustrating -- he'd rather write and direct a light, darting little film than wring a situation dry. Under the Skin and Young & Beautiful are exceptions.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 September 2015 23:52 (eight years ago) link

I probably need to see more of him, but I wasn't wild about Young & Beautiful or that one where Catherine Deneuve plays the housewife of a corrupt factory owner. Ricky was an interesting bit of magic realism, though.

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:12 (eight years ago) link

Most of his films are on the breezy side of acceptable. I liked Potiche -- its conceit worked, but I've a weakness for Catherine Deneuve these days.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:20 (eight years ago) link

yea i generally like his stuff. water drops on burning rocks is a great fassbinder imitation, recall liking see the sea & 5x2 quite a lot also but my memory of each is a bit hazy

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:23 (eight years ago) link

I didn't like Potiche

the Fassbinder adap was a good one and hardly light

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 03:18 (eight years ago) link

New one is good. These days I don't think Almodovar could've handled the tone.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:50 (eight years ago) link

whens it come out

johnny crunch, Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:22 (eight years ago) link

Already opened in some cities. Opens in South Florida on Friday.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:45 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I liked it a lot.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 September 2015 15:19 (eight years ago) link

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Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 27 September 2015 02:55 (eight years ago) link


The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 27 September 2015 11:38 (eight years ago) link

Spuds interesting. Nice review too.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 27 September 2015 23:14 (eight years ago) link


Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 27 September 2015 23:15 (eight years ago) link

nine months pass...

The first hour of The New Girlfriend is so delightful that its kind of a letdown when it starts taking some more conventional turns towards the end (and poor Gilles!), but it is by far the best Ozon that I've seen.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Monday, 27 June 2016 20:48 (seven years ago) link

it's a lot of fun

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 June 2016 20:54 (seven years ago) link

not as much as i was expecting

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Monday, 27 June 2016 20:55 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

The B&W Frantz, adapted from The Man He Killed and made into early Lubitsch talkie Broken Lullaby, is rather good.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 March 2017 17:26 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

His new film, Double Lover sounds like a (deliberately?) ludicrous merger of Hitchcock and the 90s "erotic thriller." Anyone seen it yet?

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Monday, 12 February 2018 23:36 (six years ago) link

"Deliberately ludicrous" is the Ozon adverb-adjective leitmotif.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 12 February 2018 23:37 (six years ago) link

xpost Watched it a few months ago. Forgettable, I thought.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:36 (six years ago) link

Just saw it, kinda felt like Ozon was confessing to the audience: "You might think my films are highbrow but actually they're very dumb. Enjoy!" The casting of the cats was excellent. When Bergman said the subject of cinema is faces, he meant these kitties.

geoffreyess, Monday, 19 February 2018 23:54 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

By the Grace of God, about a Catholic priest pedophilia case in Lyons, is a fine film, distinguished by ecumenical (no pun intended) editing, a vigorously written screenplay, and a mixture of tones. It felt good to watch a film whose results met its ambitions.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:50 (four years ago) link

Yeah, that is very spot on. Very fine. Not my favorite of the year or anything, but a pretty difficult story executed very well.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:40 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

an acting showcase

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 28 October 2019 02:13 (four years ago) link the best sense

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 28 October 2019 02:14 (four years ago) link

your boy has aged well

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 October 2019 02:15 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

I seem to like Peter von Kant more than most responders, and I may "like" it more than the Fassbinder "original."

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 21:43 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Everything Went Fine, getting distribution now despite being made before PVK, is just wonderful. I don't know how this dude does it.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 18 April 2023 13:58 (one year ago) link

Every time this guy comes up I remember when he defended the legalization of sex work (good) with the statement "deep down, every woman wants to be a whore".

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 19 April 2023 10:48 (one year ago) link

switch out "every woman" for "everybody" let's go

contrapuntal aversion (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 19 April 2023 10:53 (one year ago) link

I dunno man, sounds like pretty draining work all told and "deep down" I'd prefer not to work at all.

Plus yknow some people are asexual and whatnot.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 19 April 2023 12:10 (one year ago) link

oh yeah fuck work

but therein lies the rub

contrapuntal aversion (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 19 April 2023 12:17 (one year ago) link

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