One of its greatest pleasures is seeing how filmmaker Francois Ozon manages to find just the right note for such challenging material. He transforms what might have been a tonal nightmare in other hands into a wildly entertaining work, one that manages to be simultaneously funny, touching, slightly unnerving and undeniably sexy to behold, regardless of where your predilections may lie.
Francois Ozon’s best film in years is a delightful and funny comedy drama that plays provocatively with gender. Romain Duris is very engaging as a recently widowed man with a penchant for dressing up as a woman. Following his wife’s death his fetish is accidentally discovered by his late wife’s best friend. Reluctantly, at first, she indulges him and it’s not long before the two are stepping out on shopping trips together, with Duris adopting the name of Virginia for his female self. This simple premise is ripe with potential. Duris, it must be said, makes a rather attractive woman and the story is hugely engaging with some deliciously lip smacking moments that are laugh out loud funny. Accompanied by another perfectly fitting score in an Ozon film, it can also boast an ending that is as surprising as it is great. A real feel good treat.
I thought this was a lovely film - amusing at times, sombre and touching. The story at heart is quite a human story, one featuring fear of judgement, secrets and trust. I can't say much without giving away spoilers. I thought the performances were particularly good and I'd happily recommend this film, with the proviso that it is a little bit raunchy from time to time and so may not appeal to everyone.
Ozon is firing on all cylinders here, giving viewers a neat slice of cinematic confection that showcases what he does best: present morally complicated but very human stories that have enough panache to keep all eyes at attention for as long as he desires.
Not my favorite film by director Ozon but this is an interesting story about a **** that doesn't get all preachy and politically correct. For that reason I prefer it to The Danish Girl which seemed awfully concerned about winning awards. Ozon is comfortable with the **** subject matter and that makes for a better film. Almodovar fans should see it because he is a clear influence.
Ruth Rendell Fans Beware! Director Ozon has taken Rendell’s classic, award-winning short story – and given it a happy ending! Need I say more? For most of the film, the subtle hints of what happens at the end of Rendell’s story seem to be all there – but then Ozon veers off into his own fantasy and the film no longer makes sense. How much more brilliantly Sydney Pollack and Dustin Hoffman worked with a similar conceit in Tootsie, a hilarious film that I still enjoy watching almost 35 years later. Until it went off the rails, the Ozon film was interesting, although Romain Duris seemed to be laboring in a role that really didn’t suit him, so I couldn’t give the film a complete zero. Ozon can be brilliant or create a disaster, and to me this film is one of his failures.
Fake, fake, fake... Script, acting, directing - all fake. Ugh! A cute baby does not save the movie.
Cross-gender mania is hip nowadays, but a weak movie is a weak movie. Do not waste your time and money.
Camera work is very good though. That is why I am not giving it 0...