The variety in these shorts is very striking, and they add up to a marvellous showcase for short films, which still tend to get overlooked outside of festivals. It is only gay-themed films that fare rather better - there must be so many compilations that could be released that would be fascinating. Ozon's films here all date from early on, except for Un lever de rideau. Two are out-and-out masterpieces in my view, namely Une robe d'ete and La petite mort.The first is as playful as the second is dense, and both are very connected to gayness and practically burst forth from the screen. La petite mort has so many aspects it is amazing he has managed to cram it all into 23 minutes; in fact it could be opened out into a full-length film, you feel, although its brevity is undeniably effective, with several questions left unanswered in the final scenes. The lead actor (Francois Delaive) has the most amazing face - a kind of tautness, with a haunted expression like a wild deer, except for a sudden softening near the end. The films have tremendous style, but nothing feels empty. You can go back to them repeatedly and find them as fresh as ever. Personally I like Regarde la mer rather less because it is quite unsettling; however it is also excellent and written with tremendous rigour that gives the denouement quite a shocking impact.