French director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, Angel) is on typically slippery, teasing form with The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie), a mischievous comedy cum psychological drama loosely based on a short story by English crime writer Ruth Rendell. The film begins with mousy young wife Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) left bereft following the death of her childhood best friend Laura (Isild Le Besco). At the funeral, she vows to take care of Laura’s grief-stricken husband David (Romain Duris) and infant daughter, only to make a startling discovery when she first visits him at home. It’s best to watch without knowing any more beforehand save that Demoustier and Duris are on outstanding form and to be prepared for a sly and playful tale of female friendship with a twist.
Certificate 15. Runtime 103 mins. Director François Ozon.
The New Girlfriend is released on DVD by Metrodome.