Film

The New Girlfriend

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1 June 2015

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Directed by François Ozon

A young woman (rising French star Anaïs Demoustier) makes a surprising discovery about the husband (Romain Duris) of her late best friend, in acclaimed director François Ozon’s latest provocation. Claire and Laura have been best friends since childhood; their lives intertwined. When Laura falls ill and dies, Claire reaches out to comfort Laura’s husband, David, and discovers that he leads a secret life.

Intertwining themes of lust, longing and taboo with insight and humour, Ozon crafts a tale that radiates empathy and understanding. A film attuned to the nuances of LGBTQ identities, but pursuing above all an affair of the heart with dashes of Sirk and Cukor, The New Girlfriend reaffirms Ozon as one of France’s wittiest and consistent directors.

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