The New Girlfriend

Rated R 107 minutes 2015

A married woman (Anaïs Demoustier) discovers that the husband (Romain Duris) of her recently deceased best girlfriend is a cross-dresser, and has been for years. Whereupon she begins to gravitate toward her “new girlfriend.” Sounds like a reasonable enough comic premise on the face of it, but in the hands of filmmaker François Ozon it moves a step further than most as a penetrating romantic drama. Demoustier and Duris shine brightly as the mystified Claire and would-be femme David, aka “Virginia.” Yet another contrarian variation on familiar themes by Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House, Young & Beautiful), adapting Ruth Rendell’s novel into brave new screen territory where inner compulsions triumph. Unexplainable by routine formulas. Fine character support by Isild Le Besco and Raphaël Personnaz (108 min.).

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Official Site: cohenmedia.net/films/the-new-girlfriend

Director: François Ozon

Producer: Eric Altmayer and Nicolas Altmayer

Cast: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz, Isild Le Besco, Aurore Clément, Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat, Bruno Pérard, Claudine Chatel, Anita Gillier, Alex Fondja and Zita Hanrot

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