François Ozon’s cinema of desire
in Five directors
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François Ozon's films to date have oscillated between the exuberant and satirical send-ups of bourgeois family life Sitcom and 8 Femmes, and the contrastingly sober Sous le sable and 5 x 2. This chapter presents an introduction to Ozon's films that revolve around the centrality of queer desire to his cinema, and the continual performative transformations of identity worked within it. It shows that the condemnation of Ozon's 'immaturity' typified by Frédéric Bonnaud's criticism has masked his originality as France's first mainstream queer auteur. The chapter illustrates the performativity of sexuality and identity that characterises many of Ozon's films by turning to his early set of shorts from 1998, Scènes de lit. It discusses Sitcom, 8 Femmes, and Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes in which the interest for women and queers of all kinds of Ozon's opening up of the family is clear, and its potential exciting.

Five directors

Auteurism from Assayas to Ozon

Editor: Kate Ince
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