Shadow of the spectre
Cinema beyond relation?
in François Ozon
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Francois Ozon's cinema experiments wildly with both the representation of forms of sexuality and the representation of forms of power. The vast majority of Ozon's films in the 2000s drastically reduce even a playful presentation of new relations constructed upon the ashes of a successfully conjured, revealed and exorcised spectral father. Refusing or unable to touch the various spectres structuring their desires, Ozon's second decade of protagonists tend to give up struggling against them. Like Sous le sable and Marie, Swimming Pool and its fascinating central character Sarah Morton have inspired more than one specifically psychoanalytic investigation of the various behavioural tendencies Ozon chooses to explore. 5x2 develops the keen interest in the minutiae of quotidian conjugality that Ozon displayed in earlier films such as La Petite Mort and Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes.


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