Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. France, 2000. Fidélité Productions, Les Films Alain Sarde, Euro Space, Studio Images 6. Screenplay by Francois Ozon, based on the play Tropfen Auf Heisse Steine by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cinematography by Jeanne Lapoirie. Produced by Olivier Delbosc, Christine Gozlan, Christine Gozlan, Marc Missonnier, Alain Sarde. Production Design by Arnaud de Moleron. Costume Design by Pascaline Chavanne. Film Editing by Laurence Bawedin, Claudine Bouche.
Bizarre film version of Rainer Werner’s Fassbinder’s equally bizarre play, directed by one of France’s most prolific (and hard working) directors, Francois Ozon. An older gent brings home a young teenager and starts up a long-lasting love affair with him. Things gets complicated by the arrival of the boy’s girlfriend (Ludivine Sagnier) and the father figure’s previous boyfriend who has now had a sex change operation and is a woman (Anna Levine). The beautiful and exceptionally talented Levine is the film’s best element, and her moments of reflection are the most poignant. Otherwise it’s recommended for fans of the director only.