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Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
"Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 March 2000 (France)
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In the 70s Germany, a 50 year old businessman falls in love with a 20 year old boy.

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Germany in the 1970s. Whilst waiting for his girlfriend, a young student, Franz, allows himself to be picked up by 50-year old businessman, Léopold. In his apartment, Léopold provokes Franz into revealing his homosexual experiences and soon manages to seduce him. Six months later, Frantz has moved in with Léopold and they appear to live as an ordinary married couple. The strain is beginning to show, however, and after a row Frantz threatens to leave. Whilst Léopold is away, Frantz is visited by his former girlfriend, Anna, and their romance is soon rekindled. Before the two lovers can escape, Léopold returns and his charms persuade Anna to stay. Léopold's ex-lover Vera then makes an unexpected appearance and the menagerie is complete... Written by waomdb.blogspot.com

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Also Known As:

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$10,617 (USA) (14 July 2000)

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$86,132 (USA) (20 October 2000)
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Miniature : Auf d'r schwäbsche Eisebahne
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Fassbinder a la Francaise
13 November 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The many works of the late German playwright Rainer Werner Fassbinder are usually very German: solid, serious, and set in an unsmiling German social environment.

French director Francois Ozon managed the impossible by presenting such a Fassbinder-play in a French spirit. By successfully combining its serious German plot with a pleasant, easily digestible French touch.

Apart from this remarkable feature, 'Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brulantes' (= French for 'drops of water on burning rocks') stands out for its excellent acting.

This really is all there is to comment on this film. It's just good. Very good.


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