Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Series: Contemporary Film Directors
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
This monograph represents the culmination of an ongoing personal and academic interest in the work of François Ozon. For the past decade, Ozon’s unique position within French-language filmmaking has stimulated my enthusiasm for both...
THE FABRIC OF DESIRE
When François Ozon’s full-length film Sitcom débuted in 1998, he had already earned a solid reputation as a talented and innovative short film director. In 1996 the fifteen-minute Une robe d’été (A Summer Dress) received awards at festivals in Brest, Grenoble, Pantin, Dublin, Geneva, Los Angeles, and Locarno; was shown at the Cannes film festival; and earned a nomination for a César...
Paternal Monsters: Sitcom, Les amants criminels, and 8 femmes
Looking back on the director’s feature film career in a 2002 review of 8 femmes, Jean-Marc Lalanne asserted that Ozon’s creations had told only two kinds of stories thus far: one dominated by abusive fathers, the other pervaded with madness and chaos precisely because of the absence of the father (“Les actrices...
Mourning Sickness: Sous le sable, Swimming Pool, and Le temps qui reste
Ever since his early filmmaking projects, and long before the vanishing fathers described above, François Ozon’s films have dealt with loss. Most of them revolve, in different ways, around the disappearance of...
Foreign Affairs: Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes, 5x2, and Ricky
The last three feature films considered in this study, Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes (henceforth, Gouttes d’eau), 5x2, and Ricky, span nine years of Ozon’s career. Released in 2000, 2004, and 2009, respectively, Ozon’s third, seventh, and tenth....
AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANÇOIS OZON
Thibaut Schilt: Is your latest film, Le refuge [Hideaway, 2009], the third part of a “trilogy on mourning” of which Sous le sable and Le temps qui reste are the first two installments? François Ozon: I hadn’t thought of that, but it is true that this is yet another story about mourning, though...