The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie)
Release Year: 2014
Director: François Ozon
Writers: François Ozon (screenplay), Ruth Rendell (based on her 1985 short story “The New Girlfriend”)
Starring: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz, Isild Le Besco, Aurore Clément, Jean-Claude Bolle-ReddatBruno Pérard
Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) loses her best friend of many years and makes a surprising discvoery about her widowed husband David (Romain Duris).
The New Girlfriend is the sort of film that is better is most of the plot is discovered instead of known. Suffices to say that the film explores themes that are very much in vouge at the moment. Even though the premise is interesting, the handling of the themes fall somewhat flat. The opening minutes about Claire and Laura’s friendship are beautiful, but after the big turning point in the film it sort of moves along without much of note apart from odd character choices. Demoustier (Alice et le maire, 2019) is very good as Claire who finds herself in a situation spinning out of control. Duris, on the other hand, gives a rather one-noted performance as a character who becomes increasingly incomprihensible and unsympathetic. The movie is divisive, so check it out for yourself and tell us whether you like it or not in the comments below.
Matthias Schoenaerts was originally wanted for the part of David/Virginia but he turned it down. When The New Girlfriend was filmed, Schoenaerts was working on Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd (2015).