11 César Awards nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Breakout Actress.
Director François Ozon’s latest masterpiece is a hypnotic tale of love and remembrance.
In a small German town in the wake of the First World War, Anna, a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé (Paula Beer, in a Venice award-winning performance), forms a bond with an unknown Frenchman (Pierre Niney) who has arrived to lay flowers on her beloved’s grave. The arrival of this enigmatic Frenchman raises suspicions and ignites passions in Anna’s war-wounded home town, and as the mystery deepens, secrets long-buried in the past threaten to surface and change everything.
In what critics are calling “Ozon’s best film in years”, FRANTZ features a stunning lead performance from Paula Beer, this sumptuous period drama has drawn comparisons to Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, and heralds a powerful new work from a master craftsman.
★★★★ “Infused with melancholy delight.” THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
★★★★ “Surprising and wise… offers satisfyingly complex insights into the nature of grief, love and forgiveness.” THE BIG ISSUE
★★★★ "So beautifully performed... Ozon can be a remarkable filmmaker [and] this is one of his more outstanding efforts. Four stars for Frantz from me.” - MARGARET POMERANZ, STAGE AND SCREEN
★★★★ "François Ozon’s Frantz is one of the best French films of the past year." THE HERALD SUN
“Fantastic central performances…There’s a lot going on simmering under the surface” - ZAK HEPBURN, ABC NEWS BREAKFAST
“Beautiful and moving… one of the best films of the year so far.” - ADELAIDE REVIEW
“This is a romantic melodrama at its heart, and a beautiful one, full of forlorn gazing and scored with lavish strings.” BROADSHEET
"Lyrically seductive.” NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS PICK
"Richly imagined and superbly assembled." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"François Ozon's best film in years." INDIEWIRE
"Intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying." SCREEN DAILY
"François Ozon's Frantz is a very modern period piece - and a beautiful one - with a fascinating lineage." WALL STREET JOURNAL
"A sumptuous period war drama." THE GUARDIAN
French, German language with English subtitles.