Directed by: François Ozon
Starring: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner
Running Time: 113mins
Nominated for 11 César Awards…
Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (Paula Beer), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave.
Ozon drew his inspiration from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama Broken Lullaby, with stunning visual references to painter Caspar David Friedrich.