British Columbia

West Of Main Art Walk Opens Even More Doors In Special Milestone Year

West Of Main Art Walk Opens Even More Doors In Special Milestone Year

by Sarah Jamieson VANCOUVER – How do you celebrate a thriving arts community in its 25th year? By expanding your…


Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • Online now! Get to know the guys behind the NYhellip
  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE! We are excited to announce the premiere ofhellip
  • Tomorrow night at The Vogue Theatre The Jesus And Maryhellip
  • Weekend goals Review of the Flaming Lips insane performance athellip
  • Just Like Honey JAMC
  • Come eat tacos and listen to some fresh new tuneshellip
  • We caught up with indie rock icon James Mercer tohellip
  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE! Sam Tudors latest video single is not onlyhellip
  • We had a quick chat with Bianca Del Rio beforehellip

François Ozon perfects the art of subtle sadness in Frantz

Thursday 13th, April 2017 / 14:52
By Tess Paul

No stranger to lengthy meditations on interpersonal relationships, François Ozon (of the prestigious French film school La Fémis) directs another stunning reverie with Frantz.

The film begins with Anna (Paula Beer), a young German woman who mourns her fiancé Frantz, recently killed in action while fighting the French in WWI. Anna leads us into her world of mourning early, where we discover she has abandoned her studies and taken to living with her late fiancé’s parents at their home in a small German town. After purchasing flowers for Frantz’s grave, she finds a fresh bouquet already beneath the cross—left by a French man.

Anna goes back home to Frantz’s mother and tells her the strange news. Anna’s mother-in-law tells her to keep it secret from Frantz’s father, but the Frenchman, Adrien (Pierre Niney) eventually comes to visit him in his office, bringing with him the prejudice and tensions of the war. Though initially ordered out of the house by Frantz’s father, the family comes to love the foreign soldier, almost as a placeholder for their son. Adrien, however, is tormented by a secret he is sure will destroy his connection with Frantz’s family forever.

Many of Ozon’s previous films, including In The House (2012) and Young and Beautiful (2013), center around lonely protagonists—young adults who feel disconnected from their lives. Frantz expands this idea beyond the individual to the loneliest scenario imaginable: two countries seeped in grief, mourning the loss of their loved ones.

Coloured mostly in black and white, Frantz opens with pink blossoms then cuts rapidly to Anna in greyscale. The coloured scenes return sparingly in moments of connection, joy, and extreme loss. The characters around Anna all encourage her to move on with her life, often telling her to smile. Their advice only serves to draw her deeper into her grief, and we understand the film’s lack of colour to be associated with Anna’s lack of lust for life.

Both Anna and Adrien experience prejudice in their respective foreign countries, and both bear self-destructive secrets they know will burden their recipients. Switching from German to French, Frantz truly becomes a film of empathy—by choosing not to side with one country or language the film suggests war itself is the ultimate enemy.

Frantz is a true testament to restrained cinematic style as motivated by the story. While the film feels quite classic in its cinematography and editing styles, the larger themes and motifs are complex and engaging. As if floating beneath the surface, these concepts are grounded in exceptionally subtle performances by Paula Beer and Pierre Niney. Ozon has a knack for discovering captivating young actors, and these two are no exception. With each quiver of the lip and stolen glance we can lose ourselves in a story of forbidden young love, framed by grief which resonates long after the tragedy of battle.

Frantz is showing April 21-23 at the Rio Theatre.

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.





Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel

Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel

By Cole Parker Independent The evolution of British popstar Charli XCX has been a rapid one. She started as a…

, ,

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • The Shins talk with BeatRoute about trying out some newhellip
  • Bratty punks switchesband are back to rejoin the Edmonton musichellip
  • Dreaming of the Past Records is celebrating their 5th anniversaryhellip
  • Edmonton death grind band Feeding release first tape of franticallyhellip
  • Oldschool modern punk band Sellout has an incredibly unique soundhellip
  • PMMAs latest release was influenced by the fentanyl crisis Findhellip
  • We chatted with Jennifer Crighton aka hermitess about her debuthellip
  • You could say theres nothing more rocknroll than your vanhellip
  • Poor Mics Toe the debut fulllength record from Micah Erenberghellip