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MORE DIRECTORS SERIES - Volume #209 - THE FILMS OF FRANCOIS OZON


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#1 of 34 Brook K

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Posted July 19 2005 - 01:35 AM

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Volume #209: Francois Ozon

Temps qui reste, Le (2005)
5x2 (2004)
Swimming Pool (2003)
8 Women (2002)
Under the Sand (2000)
Water Drops On Burning Rocks (2000)
Criminal Lovers (1999)
Scènes de lit (1998)
Sitcom (1998)
X 2000 (1998)
Regarde la mer (1997)
... aka See the Sea (USA)
Homme idéal, L' (1996)
A Summer Dress (1996)
Jospin s'éclaire (1995)
Petite mort, La (1995)
Truth or Dare (1994)
Une rose entre nous (1994)
Victor (1993)
Thomas reconstitué (1992)
Deux plus un (1991)
Peau contre peau (1991)
Trou madame, Le (1991)
Une goutte de sang (1991)
Mes parents un jour d'été (1990)
Doigts dans le ventre, Les (1988)
Photo de famille (1988)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 34 Brook K

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Posted July 19 2005 - 01:53 AM

Prolific French director with a widely varied oeuvre.

1. 8 Women - A (A delightful throwback to 50's Hollywood musicals with entertaining music and a feather light murder mystery story. Wonderful performances by an all-star cast of French actresses. Plus a Catherine Deneuve-Fanny Ardant catfight, ooh-la-la indeed!)
2. Under the Sand - A- (The film that re-invigorated Charlotte Rampling's career is a powerful story of loss and need following the mysterious disappearance of her character's husband.)
3. Water Drops on Burning Rocks - B+
4. Criminal Lovers - B+

5. See the Sea - B+

6. Potiche - B+
7. Time to Leave - B+
8. A Summer Dress - B+


9. Ricky - B+

10. Angel - B
11. 5x2 - B

12. Hideaway - B
13. Swimming Pool - B- (While certainly watchable due to the large amount of screentime the gorgeous Ludivine Sagnier spends nude and another fine performance by Charlotte Rampling, I was less than taken with the "twist" at the heart of the story.)

Own: 0 (France has a 3-disc super duper edition of 8 Women I'd love to own but it doesn't have subs. Over here we get an overpriced movie only disc)


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 34 Rich Malloy

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Posted July 19 2005 - 01:58 AM

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Own: 0 (France has a 3-disc super duper edition of 8 Women I'd love to own but it doesn't have subs. Over here we get an overpriced movie only disc)
It's a shame about the "8 Women" set with no subs, and the same with "5x2". But there's an amazing 5-disc set from France of all his earlier feature and most of his short films that does include English subs. (Though not for all the commentaries, etc.) The individual films in the box are all available, but the boxed set itself sold out awhile back. However, I've noticed that quite a few sealed version are for sale by amazon marketplace vendors through amazon.fr.

More to come (I love Ozon!).
"Only one is a wanderer;
Two together are always going somewhere."

#4 of 34 Brook K

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Posted July 19 2005 - 01:58 AM

Oops, if a mod happens by this thread, could you please change the title to volume 209. Thanks! :b
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#5 of 34 SteveGon

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Posted July 19 2005 - 03:12 AM

8 Women ***1/2
5X2 ***
Under the Sand ***
Water Drops on Burning Rocks ***1/2
Swimming Pool ***
Time to Leave ***


#6 of 34 george kaplan

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Posted July 19 2005 - 04:08 AM

Never heard of Ozon. Never seen any of his films.
"Movies should be like amusement parks. People should go to them to have fun." - Billy Wilder

"Subtitles good. Hollywood bad." - Tarzan, Sight & Sound 2012 voter.

"My films are not slices of life, they are pieces of cake." - Alfred Hitchcock"My great humility is just one of the many reasons that I...

#7 of 34 Bill McA

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Posted July 19 2005 - 05:35 AM

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Potiche (2010) Posted ImagePosted Image

Hideaway (2009)
Ricky (2009) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)

Angel (2007) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

A Curtain Raiser (2006)
Time to Leave  (2005) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
5x2 (2004) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Swimming Pool (2003) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
8 Women (2002) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Under the Sand (2000) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Water Drops On Burning Rocks (2000) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Criminal Lovers (1999) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Scènes de lit (1998)
Sitcom (1998) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
X 2000 (1998) Posted ImagePosted Image
See the Sea (1997)
Homme idéal, L' (1996)
A Summer Dress (1996)
Jospin s'éclaire (1995)
Petite mort, La (1995)
Truth or Dare (1994)
Une rose entre nous (1994)
Victor (1993)
Thomas reconstitué (1992)
Deux plus un (1991)
Peau contre peau (1991)
Trou madame, Le (1991)
Une goutte de sang (1991)
Mes parents un jour d'été (1990)
Doigts dans le ventre, Les (1988)
Photo de famille (1988)

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#8 of 34 Kirk Tsai

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Posted July 19 2005 - 06:02 AM

Didn't know he had so many films already.

Ranking:

1. 8 Women
2. Swimming Pool

#9 of 34 Justin_S

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Posted July 19 2005 - 08:19 AM

Ranks and ratings on a scale of * to *****:

1: Swimming Pool (2003) ****Posted Image

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I'd like to see more, but haven't gotten the opportunity yet.

#10 of 34 Jim_K

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Posted July 19 2005 - 09:22 AM

Never even heard of Francois Ozon.

So Brook just how "French" is this director? I mean, is this one of those tea sippin' conversationalists you have a hang-up for? Posted Image

Knowing our very different "preferences", would it be worth my time and effort to look 'em up on IMDB? or should I just clip my toe-nails instead? Posted Image
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#11 of 34 Brook K

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Posted July 19 2005 - 10:02 AM

No tea sipping conversations here. You might like Swimming Pool which is sort of a mystery/thriller with a hint of Hitchcock sexual flavoring. I don't think Under the Sand would interest you and since you don't like musicals, I imagine you would rather clip your toes than watch 8 Women.

I don't think the films I've seen are particularly French in outlook or temperment. Two star an English actress, Swimming Pool even has quite a bit of English dialogue IIRC. The setting isn't nearly as important in Ozon as say in a Bruno Dumont or Michael Haneke film. Production values-wise they could be Hollywood dramas, they just have a more introspective take on characterization more common in Europe than in America.
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#12 of 34 Elizabeth S

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Posted July 19 2005 - 11:47 AM

Regarde la mer (1997) ... aka See the Sea (USA)
Swimming Pool (2003)
Criminal Lovers (1999)
Under the Sand (2000)
Sitcom (1998)
Water Drops On Burning Rocks (2000)


I've seen the above, in order of preference. Have "8 Women" in my to-watch pile.

#13 of 34 Mario Gauci

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Posted July 22 2005 - 12:26 AM

In order of merit:


1.8 Women (2002) ***
2.Swimming Pool (2003) ***
3.Water Drops On Burning Rocks (2000) **1/2
4.Under the Sand (2000) **1/2
5.5x2 (2004) **

#14 of 34 SteveGon

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Posted July 23 2005 - 05:33 PM

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...and since you don't like musicals, I imagine you would rather clip your toes than watch 8 Women.

Oh, I don't know, I don't care for musicals either, but I though 8 Women was a hoot. I need to get the DVD so I can double-bill it with Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris. Call me crazy. Posted Image

#15 of 34 Arman

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Posted August 20 2005 - 10:58 AM

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#16 of 34 Bill McA

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Posted September 17 2005 - 07:01 PM

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#17 of 34 Brook K

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Posted November 16 2005 - 03:51 PM

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5x2 - B
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#18 of 34 JonZ

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Posted November 17 2005 - 07:06 AM

"While certainly watchable due to the large amount of screentime the gorgeous Ludivine Sagnier spends nude..."

Nevermind Swimming Pool, check out Water Drops On Burning Rocks

#19 of 34 Brook K

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Posted November 17 2005 - 07:46 AM

It's on my Netflix list, along with Sitcom and See the Sea.
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#20 of 34 Bill McA

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