Identity and love
The not-so discreet charm
of François Ozon
Ozon has been marginalised in writing on French film and when discussed is usually considered in terms of New Gay Cinema. But, finding wider themes in his work, Adam Bingham argues against those who say Ozon is just a "young homo... spoon-fed on queerness."
Knowing the limits
Death and distance in French film at the San Francisco International Film Festival
Despite the frequent artificiality and intrusiveness of death as a plot device, Felicitas Becker finds that recent French film knows how to keep a respectful distance when dealing with the subject.
A feminist fairytale
Promenons-nous dans les bois
(Deep in the Woods, 2000)
"With its strong anti-oedipal heroine and liberated approach to sexuality," Promenons-nous dans les bois quickly sheds its slasher movie packaging to rewrite a traditional fairytale in feminist terms. So argues Colette Balmain in this sophisticated study of Lionel Delplanque's popular French horror film.
Nostalgia, separatism and Kung Fu
Christophe Gans' Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf, 2001)
A French action-horror blockbuster, Christophe Gans' Le Pacte des loups has more than just martial arts and monsters going for it. Kathryn Bergeron here looks at the film's "almost brutal lament for a history lost under the charging pressure of change."
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