Frantz

Frantz

DVD - 2017 | French
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Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), the film recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war's 'lost generation': Anna, a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien, a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz's grave.

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AL_TIEGAN Dec 21, 2017

Anna is grieving the loss of her fiance, Frantz, who died during WWI, when she discovers a Frenchman placing flowers on Frantz's grave. Anna and Frantz's parents take Adrien into their home under the impression that he was a friend to Frantz - this helps brighten their home and their lives, but Adrien is not all he seems. He eventually tells Anna his secret just before going back to France. After a period of time passes, Anna travels to France to find Adrien, and discovers another heartbreaking secret. If you're hoping for a happy ending, don't. But that's not to say that the ending is not beautiful. The way the movie was shot is also amazing - it is mostly black and white, but in moments when Anna feels almost as though Frantz is alive again, or is just very happy, it changes to color for a few short minutes. I thought it was also pretty awesome how the languages switched from German to French and back again so smoothly - the blending of the two worlds and the characters was wonderful. While Germans were not accepting of the French and the French were not accepting of the Germans, Anna and Adrien were able to meet other on their turf by using both languages and able to fully understand where the other was coming from. This is a movie that will stick with me for a little while.

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uncommonreader
Dec 21, 2017

An interesting and thought-provoking film - anti-war, anti-nationalism - set after World War I, with messages for to-day. It was made with a fine touch.

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poodlegirl
Dec 03, 2017

A beautiful script and a wonderful cast. Get a hankie...

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DoctorVine
Nov 30, 2017

An excellent film.

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graybear3
Nov 28, 2017

A beautiful, thought-provoking, and compassionate film with top-notch acting! Post WWI, but with a message that is both timeless and contemporary. This is NOT an action film. We loved the scene when the doctor asks his friends WHO sent their sons to war and made the weapons that killed them (he and his friends, of course). And in the same scene he says, "When thousands of other men's sons were killed, we called it victory and celebrated with beer. When thousands of our sons were killed, they called it victory and celebrated with wine. We are fathers who drink to the deaths of our sons."

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posie12
Nov 25, 2017

I was really of two minds about this film. The sensitive young Frenchman wanted forgiveness but at what cost? Really made for an excellent film.

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singidunum_25
Nov 21, 2017

A delicate story of grief, guilt, love and forgiveness. Just beautiful with an amazing cinematography.

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MGallagher
Oct 19, 2017

Excellent film dramatique avec une histoire originale et des acteurs pleins de talent!

d2013 Oct 18, 2017

Beautiful touching story set after WW1. Paula Beer is outstanding in her role. Loved the black and white photography. Great film!

Superb film! Try to get the DVD with the "liner notes." Excellent acting by 20-year-old newbie Paula Beer. Also (naturally) excellent acting by Pierre Niney (see his portrayal of Yves Saint-Laurent) of the famous Comédie Française. Can you believe that Beer did not speak French before the movie, and Niney never really learned German, just learned how to speak his lines? The Bonus material includes a great interview with director Ozon; be sure to watch it.

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