Water Drops on Burning Rocks
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Although you do not need to have seen a single Fassbinder to enjoy Ozon's film, those people familiar with the German enfant terrible will recognize his perennial theme of the vicious circles of exploitation - with all of the attendant love, loathing and unsettling but sometimes hilarious humor. Yet his worldview is refracted through a new, and razor-sharp, perspective. Middle-aged Leopold and 20-year-old Franz obviously love each other, but their familiar, and all-too-human, inability to communicate divides them. Into that breach Leopold is only too eager to bring exploitation, as he turns Franz into a hausfrau, albeit one in lederhosen instead of pantyhose. Typical of Fassbinder, we see the exploitation spiral into a second generation, as Franz uses Leopold's strategies on his former girlfriend, Anna, when she makes a surprise visit in the hope of snagging back her beau. Perhaps the most poignant, and surprising, example of these circles - within circles - of need and frustration comes when we learn the story of the mysterious Vera, Leopold's former lover.
Ozon also uses, and creatively plays with, Fassbinder's visual style, especially as seen in the ravishing Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.Read more ›
I saw Water Drops yesterday, having no expectations at all..Just a movie on cable to kill my sunday afternoon, and i was pleasently surprised and captivated.
The story based on Fassbinder's play is typical of the late German director..gay themed, complex, full of tortured souls, and pessimistic. But Ozon gives the film a new life, with his brilliant camera work, and his obvious sympathy for the characters.
Although the ending leaves a lot to be desired, and prevents me from giving the film full marks, it is the wondeful actors that keeps you watching in fascination.
Giraudeau and Zidi give their best performances to date as the gay couple, with a complex relationship full of passion, quarrels and the need for fulfillment.
As for Ludivine Sagnier, not only she is very beautiful, but her acting is very good, as well as Anna Thomson aka Anna Levine, an underrated American actress that did some excellent indie and european films.
The dance scene is probably a bit weird , watching it in the context of the whole film, but it adds some humour to the Fassibinderesque bleak atmosphere.
The choice of music, I thought was very good as well. The German songs complement the film beautifully.
The film has some nudity, but it is not explicit in a voyeuristic sense. Like most French films, it comes naturally and very believable, as opposed to the somehow added scenes for the viewer's pleasure in most American films.
So Water Drops is an intense above average film for cinema lovers that should be appreciated for its acting, direction and even music.
Although much of the early part of the film focuses on young, directionless Franz, it is not until the other two characters show up and explain themselves that one realizes that the primary subject of WDOBR is 50 year-old solitary bachelor Leopold (which makes the film a star vehicle for Bernard Giraudeau, who gives a strong performance). There is always something a bit off-kilter about Leopold, but not so far off as to cause new acquaintances to flee. Instead, he is able to manipulate and mentally (not physically) control his weak-minded targets, and get them to do his bidding in multiple ways. At the end of the film, after the wreckage Leopold creates is lying in smoldering ruins, the viewer realizes just what a sociopath Leopold is. This is the most powerful aspect of WDOBR: it is ultimately a chilling portrait of how one type of sociopath operates.
One interesting question for American audiences about this French film is: is it necessary that it be set in Germany (which means all the dialogue is in French, with English subtitles, even though the characters are German and the setting is in Germany)? Is there something about Leopold and the other characters that makes Germany a better setting than France? Perhaps the film makers are engaging in some national stereotyping.Read more ›
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I think this was Ludivine Sagnier's first movie, or maybe one of her first. She's between 18 and 22 years old in this film. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Ron
I like french movies they seem to do it best. It is a bisexual movie but its more than that. its about a young guy not really knowing what he wants if life then comes this older... Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by Patrick Townsend
This was a hard one not to like, because Malik Zidi is one of the most appealing men I've ever seen anywhere. Read morePublished on March 3, 2009 by J. Martin
This film story is basically about a young man hintersted in an older man where they praticed gay sex and later in the film where their woman came to find them and the later the... Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Ang Poon Kah
I watched this film because I am a fan of Ozon's quirky, witty, surprisingly deep work. As some have mentioned, this bears some similarity to 8 WOMEN, but this actually works... Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by J. Kara Russell
François Ozon has flair and style ('Swimming Pool', 'Under the Sand', '8 Women', etc) and in scripting Rainer Fassbinder's 1970s play 'Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes' for the... Read morePublished on August 25, 2005 by Grady Harp
very unique film. Boy has older male lover and his ex girlfriend tries to rekindle an old relationship with boy. Odd, but worth a watch. Great cast, unique story.Published on December 30, 2003 by Dance Dance Dance
An entertainingly dark sexual farce about the antics of a cranky businessman and his 19 year-old male lover when the boy's ex-girlfriend tries to rekindle the... Read more
To concentrate on the unbelievable elements of the plot is to miss the point I think. I'm not sure what the point is, but it's a funny film, and the characters are certainly... Read morePublished on July 15, 2003 by Mr. R. R. Allen
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