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Film Review - The New Girlfriend


Director Francois Ozon specializes in dreamy, cheeky, unusual cinema, but rarely has he made a movie as human as “The New Girlfriend.” Tapping into the zeitgeist to explore the evolution of a transgender character gradually revealing herself to the world, Ozon (adapting a short story by Ruth Rendell) constructs a gentle mystery of gender, grief, and friendship, tapping into intimate thoughts and troubled lives with a plan to explore personalities, not just reinforce external appearances. It’s an oddly sweet film, gentle and genuine, but it’s also aware of murky psychological spaces, pushing focus on clearing confusion, not sensationalizing the obvious. Read the rest at


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