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X 2000: The Collected Shorts of Francois Ozon (1998)

Cast: Lionel Le Guevellou, Flavien Coupeau, Bruno Slagmulder, more...
Director: François Ozon
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: KimStim
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France
Running Time: 63 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

This collection of four short films by Mr. Ozon (WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS), one of France's most celebrated filmmakers of the 1990s, is characterized both by the director's startling imagery and the frankly humorous way he approaches his characters' sexuality. The first short, "X2000" finds three nude couples milling around a deserted skyscraper the morning after the millennium. The second, "Truth or Dare," finds four curious teenagers playing truth or dare until someone's dare stuns all of them. The third film, "Little Death," is a serious and intensely moving drama about a young gay photographer who finally resolves his difficult relationship with his father after he dies and finds a box of his old photographs. The final film, "Bed Scenes," is a series of comic vignettes on lust and sexual etiquette.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Ozon: A little background & history by talltale August 20, 2006 - 6:41 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
X 2000, a compilation of the short films of Francois Ozon, makes it immediately apparent how much this interesting filmmaker has grown in the decade between "Truth of Dare" and "5x2." These early films are fast, frisky, well constructed and just a tad too easy: the end of T or D, for instance, is indeed surprising but completely unbelievable when you stop to think about it for a moment. This writer/director's ability to draw fine performances from his actors, many of them untutored, is pretty uncanny, and his alertness to the subtleties of sexual endeavor is fun, generally wise if sometimes too simple. The last film in the set, from which the compilation's title comes, was un-subtitled on the DVD I received. But because this eight-minute movie contains nearly zero dialog and lots of full-frontal (via a hunk named Bruno Slagmulder), you may possibly be able to tolerate the lack of translation.

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