“ Instead, we get a discordant approach towards presenting the expected in an unexpected way, with the pursuit focused on a subtly clever and stylish roundup where it should be driving to adequately relate and resonate with the viewer on a sentimental level.
“Stunning performances from Paula Beer and Pierre Niney.
“ Cliché dialogues, which I thought to be a stylistic device at first, just became silly and repetitive.
“ I started to watch Frantz and it was fine at first, a slow start...
“It's for the director's lovers, others will get bored.
“ This is done not merely through words, but with the way the wind moves through the trees, chords of the piano and violin, an unexpected swim, a beautiful view from a hill top, and more.
“ It is a fascinating historic film about a very important time and place that Americans know far too little about.
“ A beautiful movie, full of unexpected turns .
“ This last and most compelling aspect of the movie, discussed below, is for a post-viewing conversation (i.
“ The trailer set up a bit of a mystery which was intriguing.
“ As the relationship between Anna and Adrien strengthens there are several lyrical scenes of languid days enjoyed at the side of a pond that are composed like painting masterpieces and emblematic of the artistry brought to the making of this film.
“Frantz is multi-layered with intense emotion that is explored at the personal and national levels.
“ The drama is intense and its intricacies are sobering and manifest.
“All through the movie it felt very atmospheric and moving, well worth watching as I have done more than once.
“ So boring and it is black and white.
“ Those who struggle with slow paced narration, if they manage the opening half, then they would enjoy the remaining and love the overall film.
“ I felt that World War I and the immediate post-war years are generally underrepresented in film, and the trailer promised a suspenseful romance/mystery.
“ In the end I actually found it quite upsetting that the suffering of World War I was being exploited for such a dull tearjerker.
“ The plot takes intriguing twists and turns.
“I enjoyed it.
“ I found this intensely moving in unexpected ways...
“ A very slow tempo.
“ Anna and Adrien's love presents the movie's most fascinating content.
“ The journey of life is sometimes unexpected, particularly when it comes to romance that blooms when one needed it last at the circumstance he's at his life.
“ The very last scene was an uplifting one and I guess the director wanted his audience to leave the theater on a positive note with a bit of a smile on their lips and not in a too depressing state, even if he had to sacrifice a bit of realism for a feel-good moment there.
“ This is a massive story, elicited via the fascinating device of a haunted young man's search for redemption and a young girl's ability to contemplate it.
“ Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon obscured by mist, I felt a wave of emotion as the fog lifted and I could see the whole chasm – a mile deep and ten miles across, open in all its color and depth before my eyes.
“ To me , this whole new 'Scissor' feelings of Ozon's movie is way more deeper and exciting than his old 'dagger' skills.
“But that may be the film's most compelling theme: the importance of carrying on with hope and life.
“The story that unfolds is a fascinating vignette of side-by-side civilisations in the wake of incomprehensible barbarity perpetrated by and on each other's children, at the behest of their parents.
“ I think the film is too long, it is exhausting because the tempo is very slow.
“ The settings, costume and characters, coupled with the use of sepia film tones are highly evocative of the era and I felt utterly immersed in the enormous insanity of that four year crime, in whose shame-riddled aftermath the world was desperately trying to pretend there was a normalcy to which it could ever return.
“ Slow paced which appropriately unfolds this story with twists and turns and an ending that does not give in to happy ending temptations.
“ To me, watching his movie feels like there is always a dagger underneath the pictures, in a stunning and good way.
“ Her fiancé –Frantz – has been killed near the end of The Great War and she mourns at an empty grave – his body having never been repatriated.
“ What I and maybe many other viewers of François Ozon's 2016 film will remember years from now will be the silhouettes of the two principal heroes - the beautiful German young woman Anna (interpeted by Paula Beer) whose lover, Frantz, fell on the front two months before the end of the First World War and the out-of-world French young man Adrien Rivoire (actor Pierre Niney) who is also an ex-soldier, has met Anna's lover some time in the past, and comes to put flowers on his empty grave and ease the grief of Anna and Frantz's parents.