Director: Francois Ozon ● Starring: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer and 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.
With two showings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.