Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)

François Ozon directs Bernard Giraudeu, Malik Zidi and Ludivine Sagnier is this toxic sex farce based on a play by notorious German cokehole director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Léopold is a middle aged man with a knack for seducing people, controlling them, sissyfying them and eventually pimping them out. A young soon-to-be-wed lad falls under his dark spell. Gets bummed. A lot. It is a pretty blunt, unsophisticated play with not a lot going for it apart from some retro wallpaper and a talismanic use of overcoats. I’d write this off as a complete waste of time if Ludivine Sagnier didn’t rock up in the second half and spend nearly all her screentime either in the nude or pale blue lingerie. I’m a man of simple pleasures, and even that doesn’t save this naff film.


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