A wry and comic look at the shifting of power in sexual relationships, Francois Ozon’s film is adapted from a play written but never staged by the celebrated German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder. When the smooth-talking Leopold , a successful businessman of 50, seduces 20-year-old Franz, the youngster falls under his spell and moves in with him. But, Leopold soon reveals his true colours and Franz contemplates returning to his girlfriend – until Leopold seduces her too. The arrival of Leopold’s former lover Vera, a male to female transsexual, only complicates matters further.
Director: François Ozon. AKA Water Drops on Burning Rocks
Writers: Rainer Werner Fassbinder (play), François Ozon.
Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi, Anna Thomson, Ludivine Sagnier.
Cinematographer: Jeanne Lapoirie.
2000 Berlin International Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Bear.
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