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Frantz (12A)

Drama, History, War

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

The critical consensus

Largely filmed in gorgeous black and white, with key sequences in colour, there is a delicacy and restraint to Frantz that extends from the understated performances to the impeccable art direction and the sombre mood.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 08/05/2017

Ozon’s latest is a twisty-turny post-War mystery — think ‘A Very Long Bereavement’ — that boasts a kaleidoscope of quiet emotions. It unfolds slowly, but rewards patience with strong performances and a swooning third act.

****(*)Phil De Semlyen, Empire Online, 09/05/2017

Beautifully made and very moving in its own quiet, self-effacing way.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 10/05/2017

A fascinating exploration of the complexities of war from the perspective of those left behind.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/05/2017

Outstanding lead performance with moments of real sincerity, but it’s not enough.

***(*)(*)Amy Bowker, Little White Lies, 12/05/2017

Paula Beer is charming as a German woman who discovers her late fiance was harbouring a surprising secret.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 14/05/2017

Where and when?

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday May 26, 2017, until Thursday June 1, 2017. More info:

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