The New Girlfriend

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France | 2014 | 107 minutes | François Ozon

Ever since David’s wife died, a mysterious blonde woman has been seen helping around the house in this Hitchcockian psychosexual drama crafted with suspense and emotional intensity by one of France’s most esteemed modern directors.

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In this Hitchcockian psychosexual drama, Laura, a beautiful mother and wife dies suddenly of a relentless illness, leaving her newborn infant and husband, David, behind. At her funeral, her devastated childhood friend Claire swears to watch over her baby and check in on David frequently. After a long bout of crippling depression following Laura’s death, Claire finally shows up at David’s house unannounced and discovers a secret David’s long been hiding—he’s a cross-dresser. Feeling like in the wake of his wife’s death he can finally let his inner desires out to breathe, he asks Claire for her assistance in nurturing this side of him, an alter-ego named “Virginie,” and she agrees. Virginie and Claire form a fast bond that both fills a void left by Laura after her death, and also aids in David coming out of his shell. Crafted with suspense and emotional intensity by one of France’s most esteemed modern directors, François Ozon, this joyously perverse story provides a satisfying look at duality, transformation, and sexual fluidity.

Director Biography
François Ozon is a celebrated modern film director whose work has been categorized as provocative and important in France. His films tend to follow classic cinema traditions yet blur lines when it comes to sexuality and gender. Ozon has directed several features, including the internationally acclaimed Swimming Pool (2003), and Ricky (2009).

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  • Original Language Title: Une Nouvelle Amie
  • Director: François Ozon
  • Principal Cast: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz, Isild Le Besco
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
  • Screenplay: François Ozon
  • Cinematographers: Pascal Marti
  • Editors: Laure Gardette
  • Music: Philippe Rombi
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cesar Awards 2015 (Best Actor Nominee, Best Costume Design Nominee), San Sebastian 2014 (Sebastiane Award)
  • Filmography: Young & Beautiful (2013), Potiche (2010), Angel (2007), Swimming Pool (2003), 8 Women (2002), Criminal Lovers (1999)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Films Distribution