Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)

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In 1970s Germany, a 50-year-old businessman falls in love with a 20-year-old man.


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  • Bernard Giraudeau and Malik Zidi in Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
  • Bernard Giraudeau and Ludivine Sagnier in Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
  • Malik Zidi in Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
  • Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
  • Bernard Giraudeau, Ludivine Sagnier, and Malik Zidi in Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
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18 March 2008 | MOscarbradley
7
| More bitter tears...
Francois Ozon's film version of Fassbinder's play is like another more slightly surreal, very blackly comic version of "The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant", played out this time mostly by men. Fifty year old Leo picks up twenty year old Franz and brings him home for the night. Franz stays, becoming his lover, his houseboy but mostly his slave. There are only two other characters in this slight, stage-bound piece; Anna, Franz's vacuous former girlfriend and Vera, Leo's former transsexual lover.

Fundamentally it's about love, of the destructive, unwholesome kind maybe, but love nevertheless. Whatever hold Leo has over Franz, (and Vera), they both love him though it could hardly be said that it is reciprocated. Leo is very much the master and everyone else is his slave. Whether he is capable of love is debatable.

Ozon makes the piece both erotic and humorous but it is never quite as touching as it ought to be. All four players give good performances with Malik Zidi quietly outstanding as the boy.

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Based on a play written by famous film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder when he was only 19.


Soundtracks

Zadok the priest
Performed by
Münchener Bach-Chor (as le Choeur et Orchestre Bach de Munich) and Münchener Bach-Orchester (as le Choeur et Orchestre Bach de Munich)
(George Frideric Handel (as Georges Friedrich Haendel))
Direction Karl Richter
(P) Bruton Classical BC C35
Avec l'aimable autorisation de E Warner Music - Zomba Production

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Details

Release Date:

15 March 2000

Language

French, German


Country of Origin

France

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,617 16 July 2000

Gross USA:

$86,132

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