- Title: French director Ozon plays with psycho-sexual thriller genre at Cannes
- Date: 26th May 2017
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ACTRESS MARINE VACTH, DIRECTOR FRANCOIS OZON AND ACTRESS JACQUELINE BISSET ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE CAST OF 'L'AMANT DOUBLE' ACTOR JEREMIE RENIER SITTING DOWN (SOUNDBITE) (French) DIRECTOR, FRANCOIS OZON, SAYING: "I came across this book which I liked a lot (Joyce Carol Oates' novel Lives of the Twins) and I liked the intrigue of this woman between two twins and I felt that this was a film that would allow me to play with the codes of genres and to push some elements a bit further than normal in my mise en scene, particularly after my previous film Frantz which was more classic, here there was something a lot more playful to do."
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- Keywords: Marine Vacth FranÃ§ois Ozon Cannes Amant Double
- Location: CANNES, FRANCE
- City: CANNES, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0026IH7ZGT
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Critics at the Cannes Film Festival had a field day on Friday with "L'Amant Double" (The Double Lover), the latest movie from prolific French director Francois Ozon.
The story of a young woman who has an affair with her psychiatrist and then his twin brother delivers lots of sex and even more Freudian symbolism in a film that Ozon said borrowed some of the styles of Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma and David Cronenberg.
Far from the intellectual fare that usually wins at Cannes, "L'Amant Double" is a romp that the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw called "a wildly dated-looking and derivative film, a quaint adventure in fantasised naughtiness" that might become a "camp classic".
Ozon himself said he had fun pushing the boundaries of the erotic thriller genre that he has visited before in films such as the 2003 movie "Swimming Pool" that also competed at Cannes.
Ozon produces on average at least one film a year and had clearly approached "L'Amant Double" with knowing irony.
Commenting on an unforgettable image at the start of the movie, a close-up of female genitalia that suddenly becomes an eye, Ozon said:
"It's something I had never seen in that way because, as a boy, you don't do to a gynaecology clinic. I'm a curious boy."
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