Friday 21 April 2017

Film Reviews: Frantz and Their Finest

20 April 2017
113 mins
François Ozon (Director)
Pierre Niney, Paula Beer

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. (IMDB Synopsis)

Frantz is beautifully shot, with artful use of colour amidst the black and white. The acting from the leads, especially Paula Beer, is superb, and the whole production has an ethereal feel despite the deep emotion. I shed a number of tears throughout the film, particularly towards the end, which turned out to be not what I'd expected. This is not a happy piece, but it is a beautiful and stunning cinematic journey.


Their Finest
20 April 2017
117 mins
Lone Scherfig (Director)
Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. (IMDB Synopsis)

After seeing Frantz in the morning, I'd hoped for something more light-hearted and cheery in Their Finest. In a way, I got my wish, for there are plenty of comic lines and moments in this film. However, it wasn't quite as joyful as I'd expected and, once again, I didn't get the traditional happy ending I'd anticipated. Despite that, this is a most enjoyable film, with excellent performances from the three leads, while Lone Scherfig does an excellent job blending humour and pathos.

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