One of world cinema’s most prolific auteurs, François Ozon ('Swimming Pool', 'L'Amant Double') returns with the moving and poetic period drama 'Frantz', an elegant reimagining of the story behind Ernst Lubitsch’s undersung 1932 drama 'Broken Lullaby'.
In a small German town in 1919, Anna mourns every day at the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed in battle during World War I. One day she spies a mysterious young Frenchman, Adrien, also laying flowers at the grave. Together they begin to bond over their shared grief, though Anna is intrigued by the enigmatic nature of Adrien’s relationship with her fiancé. As the pair become increasingly close, long buried secrets are revealed that will change the fabric of their lives and take them across a wearied and battle-scarred Europe.
Shot with stunning black-and-white photography, 'Frantz' is a masterfully told story of romance, grief and guilt featuring two remarkable lead performances from newcomers Paula Beer and Pierre Niney. At once graceful and and gripping, it is an intimate and timely exploration of healing and forgiveness across European borders.
★★★★ "A human drama with an aching heart set against a winningly old fashioned canvas" - Phil de Semlyen, Empire
★★★★ "Stunning" - Nigel M Smith, The Guardian
★★★★ "Every bit as handsome, teasing and therapeutically smart as we’ve come to expect from the prolific French director" - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph