Set in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, this engrossing drama finds Anna (Beer) grieving for her eponymous fiancé (Anton von Lucke) who died at the front. When she discovers a Frenchman Adrien (Niney) laying flowers at his grave, he confesses that he knew Frantz when they both studied music in Paris before the outbreak of war, and that his death has had a profound effect on him. However, as Adrien begins to stir romantic notions in Anna it becomes clear that he's holding back something.
rantz is rich with nuance and detail with director Francois Ozon (5x2, Time To Leave) juggling a lot of heavy themes – grief, forgiveness, patriotism - with a subtle touch. He saturates his film in melancholy, letting the dour atmosphere dominant every frame. Largely shot in black and white, Ozon segues into colour when the mood lightens or changes slightly; Tom Ford utilised the same tactic in A Single Man when the colours would 'blush' and become more vibrant during the romantic/happier moments. He allows an air of defeat and humiliation hangs over this small town with Versailles' imminent reparations about to cripple the country still further and give rise to fascism.