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Francois Ozon

Thibaut Schilt

Publication Year: 2011

In just over a decade, Francois Ozon has earned an international reputation as a successful and provocative filmmaker. A student of Eric Rohmer and Jean Douchet at the prestigious Femis, Ozon has made a number of critically acclaimed shorts and eleven feature films, including international successes 8 femmes and Swimming Pool and more recent releases such as Angel, Ricky, and Le refuge. Despite tremendous diversity in cinematic choices, Ozon's oeuvre is surprisingly consistent in its desire to blur the traditional frontiers between the masculine and the feminine, gay and straight, reality and fantasy, auteur and commercial cinema. _x000B__x000B_Thibaut Schilt provides an overview of Francois Ozon's career to date, contextualizing Ozon's filmmaking within the larger fields of French filmmaking and international queer cinema. Schilt discusses several major themes running through Ozon's work, including obsessions with inadequate fathers, various types of mourning, and a recurring taste for "the foreign." The volume also includes an insightful interview with the director.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Series: Contemporary Film Directors


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pp. 1-5

Title page

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pp. 6-6

Copyright page

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pp. 7-7

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-9

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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...

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pp. 1-38

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...

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Paternal Monsters: Sitcom, Les amants criminels, and 8 femmes

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pp. 38-78

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...

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Mourning Sickness: Sous le sable, Swimming Pool, and Le temps qui reste

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pp. 78-115

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...

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Foreign Affairs: Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes, 5x2, and Ricky

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pp. 115-154

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....

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pp. 155-168

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...


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pp. 169-180


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pp. 181-190


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pp. 191-197

E-ISBN-13: 9780252093043
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252036002

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Contemporary Film Directors
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OCLC Number: 709664653
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  • Ozon, François, 1967- -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Ozon, François, 1967- -- Interviews.
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