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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)
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:

Gotas que caen sobre rocas calientes  »

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

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$86,132 (USA) (20 October 2000)
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Surperior Screen Play
13 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS is a scathing satire on the serendipity of Desire. Ozon filters his observations through the prism of Time and Sexual Genre. Act I begins with two inappropriately aged men who grapple with an almost laughable seduction. Later, there are references to their earlier lives, and projections to their future. By the end of the play, Women are introduced. Sexual identity takes a backseat to the object of their collective longings and passions. Not a single frame of the film leaves the confines of this trendy 70s bachelor pad, and the costumes are a real trip. And, the short dance number near the middle of the film is worth the price of admission. If you like a dialog driven film which examines the unpredictable nature of Eros, this might be the film for you.


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