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Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay writer and director François Ozon’s new film “Double Lover” plays with his favorite twinned themes of secret lives and shifting identities. Adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates novel “Lives of the Twins” (which the author wrote under a pseudonym), the film has Chloé (Marine Vacth) seeking help from Paul […]

Boys Will Be Girls  

Boys Will Be Girls  

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Nothing is what it seems in cheeky gay French filmmaker François Ozon’s new comedy-drama, “The New Girlfriend.” Based on a Ruth Rendell novel, the film opens with lipstick, eyeliner, and blush being applied to a woman’s face. Although a wedding march is being played, the “bride” is actually the corpse of […]

At 17

At 17

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Young & Beautiful,” the latest film from prolific gay writer/ director François Ozon, is an exquisitely made drama that chronicles a year in the life of 17-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth). After losing her virginity at the beach during the summer, she returns to Paris and secretly works as a prostitute after […]

The Year in Queer

The Year in Queer

BY GARY M. KRAMER | With actors in challenging roles and filmmakers crafting provocative drama, comedies, and documentaries, 2013 was another Queer Year for film. Here’s a rundown of the year’s queer films and trends, including the good, better, and best — as well as the worst — of 2013. Best Queer Film of the Year […]

Storied Director Tells Us More

Storied Director Tells Us More

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out French writer and director François Ozon’s diverting new film “In the House” alternates between two stories. One has Germain (Fabrice Luchini), a teacher, mentoring Claude (Ernst Umhauer), a student in his literature class. The other features Claude’s writing, which depicts his experiences in the home of his classmate Rapha (Bastien […]

Music is Manhattan’s Central Heating

Music is Manhattan’s Central Heating

BY DAVID NOH | It’s freezing outside, but mighty warm in the various boites around town where I enjoyed an extraordinary bounty of great music in the last weeks. Two Tony winners, John Lloyd Young (“Jersey Boys”) and Jennifer Holliday (“Dreamgirls”) made what amounted to triumphant comebacks, thrilling their audiences with talent that seems to have […]