Francois Ozon is one of those miracles which comes along once in a lifetime. He has dominated the last decade of French cinema. He is like a rare French vintage wine, in this latest film, his taste is mature to its finest.
Do you remember the most hauntingly beautiful film back in 2000, Under the Sand starring with Charlotte Rampling? It's his masterpiece. That film dealt with bereavement and death. In this new film, Ozon deals with the theme of healing. It is an unforgettable film. You remember every scene, every word, every camera angle and every juxtaposition.
Ozon's art belongs to the canon of the French New Wave Cinema in particular the tradition of the late Eric Rohmer who died this year. I believe that Ozon pays a tribute to Rohmer with this film. Do you recognise the actress, Marie Rivière on the beach scene in this film? Marie Rivière plays the main character, Delphine in Rohmer's The Green Ray. Ozon's films are a lot more composed in terms of the storyline (it has beginning, the middle and the end). His choice of music in his film is always impeccable. Like Rohmer's characters in his film, Ozon's characters meet in a casual situation on a holiday, on a beach, on the train or at a friend's country house. This film reminded me of Rohmer's "The Green Ray" and "Pauline at the Beach".
Ozon is also a master of storytelling. In his 5x2, he tells the story backwards. My favourite also include Ozon's Collection of Short Films (available on DVD) which are more avant garde, visually poetic, haunting, insightful and charming.