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The New Girlfriend(Une nouvelle amie)

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France · 2014
Rated R · 1h 45m
Director François Ozon
Starring Anaïs Demoustier, Romain Duris, Raphaël Personnaz, Isild Le Besco
Genre Drama

A young woman makes a surprising discovery about the husband of her late best friend.

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With his trademark subversive playfulness and delight in human foibles, Ozon weaves together comedy, suspense and occasional intimations of darker emotional themes, aided by subtly gauged performances from his two principals.


Time Out London by Cath Clarke

What makes The New Girlfriend special is that is has something to say about sexuality (feminine, masculine, gay, straight, and everything in between – it’s complicated).


The Playlist by Christopher Schobert

The concept of the film could have been played several different ways, from farce to high-drama to Hitchcock-ian thriller. Ozon decides to try it all, but in the end doesn’t pull off any.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

A delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense.


Empire by Ian Freer

The filmmaking is exemplary but most impressive of all is the tone that mixes comedy, melodrama and darkness.


Slant Magazine by James Lattimer

François Ozon is never willing to fully engage with the ridiculousness of his material, resulting in an uneasy mix of wry distance and unearned emotion.


Variety by Justin Chang

This delectable entertainment is as surprising for its continually evolving (and involving) dynamics of desire as for its slow-building emotional power.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

François Ozon and the late Ruth Rendell is a great match of sensibilities: it promises the French director’s winking subversion, wedded to the late crime writer’s slippery command of psychological twists.

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