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Director:  Francois Ozon
Francois Ozon - Retro
5 x 2
8 Women
Criminal Lovers
Under the Sand
Water Drops on Burning Rocks
_Swimming Pool

France, 1998, 79 min, color

Its the birthday of Jean, the head of the family, and the large family house is given over to a surprise party in his honour. Jean greets his guests with... gunfire. Blame it on a rat. Flashback to a few months earlier... The bourgeois harmony of the household is upset when Dad comes home with a white rodent in a cage. Sophie and Nicolas are pleased, but Mum isnt. Before long the unassuming laboratory animal has become the catalyst for a series of outrageous domestic upheavals. Sophie throws herself out the window, and when she is confined to a wheelchair, her sex life undergoes a radical transformation. Studious Nicolas feels obliged to making a stunning personal announcement, and hes soon hosting orgies in his bedroom. And Mum becomes thoroughly confused about what exactly her parental responsibilities entail. Everyone smells a rat...

French director, born in 1967 in Paris. Graduated in film and then attended Frances famed FEMIS film school. His short films were shown at many film festivals around the world. In 1998 he shot his feature debut Sitcom, screened in the Critics Week section at the Cannes IFF. His next two features were also screened at top festivals Criminal Lovers (1999, Venice) and Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000, Berlin). In 2002 he shot 8 Women, based on the play by Robert Thomas and starring outstanding French actresses of many generations; collectively they received the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement at the 2002 Berlinale. Swimming Pool was screened in the competition at Cannes in 2003. 5x2 was competitor for Golden Lion in 2004.
1993  Victor
1994  Une rose entre nous
1994  Truth or Dare
1995  Little Death
1996  A Summer Dress
1997  Bed Scenes
1997  See the Sea
1998  X2000
1998  Sitcom
1999  Criminal Lovers
1999  Water Drops on Burning Rocks
2000  Under the Sand
2002  8 Women
2003  Swimming Pool
2004  5x2
2005  Time to Leave
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