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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 1970s Germany, a 50-year-old businessman falls in love with a 20-year-old man.

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François Ozon
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bernard Giraudeau ... Léopold
Malik Zidi ... Franz
Ludivine Sagnier ... Anna
Anna Levine ... Véra (as Anna Thomson)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

15 March 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gotas que caen sobre rocas calientes See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,617, 16 July 2000

Gross USA:

$86,132
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Based on a play written by famous film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder when he was only 19. See more »

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Tanze Samba mit mir
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A work of art
28 December 2006 | by the_acheSee all my reviews

This film truly is a work of art. And like all art, it's formalized; it doesn't even try to hide its formalism. The shots are squared and rigid, the duologue goes in circles, and there's a certain paralellism to the entire picture. It's not meant to be realistic, but like in all great art, it's by codifying and simplifying that deeper truths are revealed.

Despite its minimalism, I was caught up in this film because the duologue is entrancing, the atmosphere is palpable, and the characters act in such mysterious (yet somehow consistent) ways that even though there are certain patterns to the behaviour, you never really know what's coming next. I suppose this film is a comedy, although you won't find yourself laughing much. It's more a case of being too absurd to be considered a serious, straightforward drama.

"Gouttes d'Eau" is not perfect (whit is?), but it has a certain "je ne sais quoi" lending it a uniqueness that places it in my Top 20. Definitely entrancing and thoroughly thought-provoking.


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