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Live Flesh: Cohen Media Get In Touch with their Feminine Side with Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend”

After a one film hiatus, the Cohen Media Group are once again working with the prolific François Ozon. While the rights to his previous film, the Cannes comp title Young & Beautiful, landed at the IFC Films, CMG are picking up where they left off with 2012’s In the House. Deadline reports that The New Girlfriend starring Romain Duris which landed at the Toronto Int. and San Sebastian Film Festivals (oddly passing over Venice), has been picked up for what will likely be a first quarter 2015 release. The devilishly delicious new number was among one of our faves at TIFF this year.

Gist: After the death of her best friend, Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) falls into a deep depression, but a surprising discovery about her friend’s husband gives her a new taste for life.

Worth Noting: Demoustier is having a breakout year of sorts with Marc Fitoussi’ Paris Follies and Pascale Ferran’s Bird People hitting the fest circuit.

Do We Care?: In his 4-star review, Nicholas suggests that this is a “return to the insidious playfulness that’s marked some of his greatest achievements. The New Girlfriend is creepy, weird, and a lot of fun.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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