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Cross-dressing melodrama

OUT NOW! The story of a grieving man who starts cross-dressing after his wife's death, UNE NOUVELLE AMIE suffers from an overload of camp.

Not many filmmakers understand the workings of desire and express carnality through images as well as François Ozon, a fact he quickly re-demonstrates with the introductory scene of his new film: attraction, jealousy and lust, effectively and alluringly communicated. It’s a shame, then, that the ensuing story of a man coping with despair by cross-dressing doesn’t set off many fireworks. Repetitive, unconvincing, melodramatic, it’s a reluctant camp-fest that’s only partly salvaged by a fiercely committed star turn from Romain Duris. 

Une nouvelle amie (Eine neue Freundin) | Directed by François Ozon (France 2014) with Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier. Starts March 26

Originally published in issue #136, March 2015