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  • Summary: A 50 year old businessman falls in love with a boy of 19 in 70's Germany. They begin a love affair, but a difference of opinion ends their "we" status.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. 90
    A movie of cutting humor, near-constant talk, and one show-stopping dance routine.
  2. A brilliant satire of emotional politics.
  3. Through it all, Ozon supplies a sense of pathos that makes fun of its own soullessness, transforming a self-serious suicide note into an existential love letter.
  4. Reviewed by: Loren King
    75
    The film does not offer an optimistic view of relationships.
  5. 75
    Very French and at times threatens to dissolve into a steamy sex farce.
  6. This nasty, provocative comedy comes from a play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
  7. 50
    The static, claustrophobic movie is very much a filmed play.

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  1. Oct 15, 2013
    8
    François Ozon's filmography is one of the most controversial and acclaimed European filmographies. Ozon has a singular vision aboutFrançois Ozon's filmography is one of the most controversial and acclaimed European filmographies. Ozon has a singular vision about relationships, sexuality and social community. In "Water Drops on Burning Rocks" Ozon made real a unpublished play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder was one of the best European directors of 20th century and this movie is a tale about cruelty and domination that could be in a relationship. I like that characters are bisexual. The film goes beyond of sexual orientation and to show the power of domination. An ironic critique of dominant sexism still alive in nowadays. Expand

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