Juan Mayorga, the material would seem to have everything we've come to expect from M. Ozon (the filmmaker is shown at right) -- and more.
What's new here is, at the very heart of things, a kindness and empathy for every character that is rare for movies and even more so in the work of this particular filmmaker. At this point in time, Ozon has gone from the enfant terrible of his early years to a man fully in command of his art who wants to explore how that art comes into being, together with the joy it brings and, yes, the toll it takes.
Emmanuelle Seigner, (shown on couch, below, center) dad (a wonderfully likable lunk played by Denis Ménochet, on couch at left) and their son Rafa, the classmate of Claude (Bastien Ughetto, at right on the couch, below).
Pirandello to the play/film Five Finger Exercise to the more recent Adaptation. But the result is purely Ozon's -- along with playwright Mayorga's -- own. Storytelling has seldom seemed so full of possibi-lity, or of traps, nor humanity so poignant, vulnerable and alive.
Cohen Media Group and running 105 minutes, opens this Friday, April 19, in New York City at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and the Lincoln Plaza Cinema and in Los Angeles at The Landmark. The movie will be playing elsewhere around the county, so come Friday, go to your favorite online ticket purveyor and plug in your zip code to find out where it'll screen near you. Update March 2014: this movie is now available via Netflix streaming, so grab it!