“ I started to watch Frantz and it was fine at first, a slow start...
“ Slow paced which appropriately unfolds this story with twists and turns and an ending that does not give in to happy ending temptations.
“ Cliché dialogues, which I thought to be a stylistic device at first, just became silly and repetitive.
“ A very slow tempo.
“ 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.
“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.
“All through the movie it felt very atmospheric and moving, well worth watching as I have done more than once.
“It's for the director's lovers, others will get bored.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“ I think the film is too long, it is exhausting because the tempo is very slow.
“But that may be the film's most compelling theme: the importance of carrying on with hope and life.
“ 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.
“ A beautiful movie, full of unexpected turns .
“ 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.
“ So boring and it is black and white.
“ In the end I actually found it quite upsetting that the suffering of World War I was being exploited for such a dull tearjerker.
“ 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, watching his movie feels like there is always a dagger underneath the pictures, in a stunning and good way.
“ This last and most compelling aspect of the movie, discussed below, is for a post-viewing conversation (i.
“ To me , this whole new 'Scissor' feelings of Ozon's movie is way more deeper and exciting than his old 'dagger' skills.
“ I found this intensely moving in unexpected ways...
“ The drama is intense and its intricacies are sobering and manifest.
“ It is a fascinating historic film about a very important time and place that Americans know far too little about.
“ 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.
“ Those who struggle with slow paced narration, if they manage the opening half, then they would enjoy the remaining and love the overall film.
“Frantz is multi-layered with intense emotion that is explored at the personal and national levels.
“ The plot takes intriguing twists and turns.
“I enjoyed it.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“Stunning performances from Paula Beer and Pierre Niney.
“ 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.
“ 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.