Frantz

Drama, 113 minutes, French, German, NR

Weekend of April 14 | FRI 2 & 8:30 | SAT 4 | SUN 12 & 6

French filmmaker François Ozon’s ‘Frantz’ takes place in Germany in 1919, when the wounds of World War I were still horribly raw. Indeed, the film’s title character, a powerful absence throughout, is recently dead: Frantz was a young German soldier who died on the battlefield. His fiancée Anna (Paula Beer, a standout performance) is the film’s main character. She’s now living with Frantz’s parents, the Hoffmeisters, in the medieval town of Quedlinburg in eastern Germany, and she’s shaken when a stranger, Frenchman Adrien (Pierre Niney, suave confidence masking his tremendous fragility), is spotted laying flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien explains that he was close to Frantz in Paris before the war, and soon he and Anna become close, although there’s much more about his story still to emerge.