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Film, Drama

Time Out says

As pretty and shallow as its protagonist, Ozon’s film proffers yet another variation on the ‘Le Feu Follet’ theme, with thirtysomething gay fashion photographer Romain (Poupaud) learning he has only months to live and embarking on a geographical/spiritual journey that allows him to come to terms with family, friends, lover and himself. Despite the evident and admirable determination to avoid sentimentality and an overly sympathetic ‘hero’, the film never really amounts to more than a string of clichés and stereotypes (Moreau’s feisty soulmate of a grandmother being an obvious example). An encounter with a waitress (Bruni-Tedeschi) and her husband is implausible and contrived, while the final scenes suggest Ozon may possibly have read/seen ‘Death in Venice’ once too often. And the unfortunate use of music by Preisner and Silvestrov on the soundtrack is symptomatic of the superficiality of the film as a whole.

By: GA



Release details

Release date:
Friday May 12 2006
90 mins

Cast and crew

François Ozon
François Ozon
Melvil Poupaud
Jeanne Moreau
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Christian Sengewald
Daniel Duval
Marie Rivière
Louise-Anne Hippeau
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