Frantz (2016 France/Germany) 113 mins, Cert. 12A (subtitled)

Screenings at 2.30 & 7.30

Director: François Ozon        
Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner

 

 

Part romance, part detective story, this sumptuous film from Ozon (8 Women, Potiche) is set in 1919 in the aftermath of The Great War, with all its bitterness, grief and prejudice.

 

 

In a small German town, the death of young soldier Frantz is mourned by his parents and fiancée Anna (Paula Beer).

 

When mysterious and charming Frenchman Adrien (Pierre Niney) appears at his graveside, a path to reconciliation opens, leading Anna to Paris and culminating in a gloriously luminous ending.

An adaptation (“freely inspired”) from Ernst Lubisch’s 1932 ‘Broken Lullaby’, Frantz is beautifully shot, largely in black and white, with a “stunning” (Guardian) performance from German newcomer Paula Beer.

 

Here is a link to a deeper Review from The Guardian – dating from the film’s debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016.  This contains links to both the (TIFF) trailer for ‘Frantz’ and a brief clip from ‘Broken Lullaby’. 

This Review from The Telegraph is more recent, dating from the film’s UK release, but is similarly deep and analytical, seeing Ozon’s retelling as an homage to Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’.

 

Both reviews include a link to the ‘official’ (American / Tiff)  Trailer, which can also be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 6th July 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM & 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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News Update 02 July 2017

Stunningly beautiful animation contrasts with moving romance…….

The Red Turtle on Tuesday, 19:30, gives cinema-goers another chance to appreciate the skills of the celebrated animé makers at Studio Ghibli combining for the first time with a European director, Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit. Our audience at yesterday’s screening found this remarkable dialogue-free film an absorbing, touching, and very beautiful exposé of the cycle of life. Both dramatic and charming, it celebrates the beauty of nature with masterful images creating a magic spell all its own…

Perhaps you missed the earlier performances last month of Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy. If so, there’s a repeat showing on 5 July at 19:30. It’s also billed as our Babes in Arms screening on 11 July at 11:00. The film conveys a sense of depth along with some humour but it’s ultimately an entertaining, romantic and touching tribute to the role of working women – particularly pertinent to the world of cinema. Read More………….