Frantz

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  • PG-13
Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in... read more
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Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent), a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks. What follows is a surprising exploration of how Ozon's characters’ wrestle with their conflicting feelings - survivor’s guilt, anger at one’s losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. Ozon drew his inspiration from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama Broken Lullaby, with stunning visual references to painter Caspar David Friedrich.

Original Release

09/07/2016

US Release

03/15/2017

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Cast

Pierre Niney Adrien Rivoire
Paula Beer Anna
Cyrielle Clair La mère d'Adrien / Adrien's Mother
Johann von Bulow Kreutz
Ernst Stotzner Doktor Hans Hoffmeister / Doctor Hans Hoffmeister
Marie Gruber Magda Hoffmeister
Anton von Lucke Frantz Hoffmeister
Laurent Borel Injured Soldier
Alice De Lencquesaing Fanny
Axel Wandtke Le réceptionniste de l'hôtel / Hotel Receptionist
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Directors

Francois Ozon

Writers

Francois Ozon, Philippe Piazzo, Ernst Lubitsch, Reginald Berkeley, Maurice Rostand, Samson Raphaelson, Ernest Vajda

Cast

Pierre Niney Adrien Rivoire
Paula Beer Anna
Cyrielle Clair La mère d'Adrien / Adrien's Mother
Johann von Bulow Kreutz
Ernst Stotzner Doktor Hans Hoffmeister / Doctor Hans Hoffmeister
Marie Gruber Magda Hoffmeister
Anton von Lucke Frantz Hoffmeister
Laurent Borel Injured Soldier
Alice De Lencquesaing Fanny
Axel Wandtke Le réceptionniste de l'hôtel / Hotel Receptionist
Rainer Egger Le gardien du cimetière allemand / German Cemetery Caretaker
Rainer Silberschneider Le vendeur de la robe / Shopkeeper selling the dress
Merlin Rose Le jeune homme ivre / Young Drunk
Ralf Dittrich Adolf
Michael Witte Gustav
Lutz Blochberger L'homme du lac / Man by Lake
Jeanne Ferron Madame Rivoire - la tante d'Adrien / Aunt Rivoire
Torsten Michaelis Le prêtre / Priest
Nicolas Bonnefoy Le douanier français / Customs Officer
Étienne Ménard Le chauffeur de taxi / Taxi Driver

Producers

Editors

Laure Gardette

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