in French and German with English subtitles
Francois Ozon’s FRANTZ recalls the mourning period after WWI as seen through the eyes of Europe’s “lost generation”: Anna, a bereft young German whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed, and Adrien, a French veteran who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien’s presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man.
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing with a different and inspired project each day. Paterson supports her ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry.
Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to a morale-boosting propaganda film about the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France. She is noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin). As bombs are dropping all around them during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.