We've recently seen several films by French director Francois Ozon. It's strange because the films are definitely turning out to be the kind that I'm just not sure about. Over the weekend we watched "Under the Sand" and "See the Sea" and I gotta say I just don't know what I think.
I'm often unsure about male directors who choose women and stories about women as their focus. But on the other hand some of my favourite directors; both Satyajit Ray and Pedro Almodovar focus on women and I love their films. I read a review that said that Ozon is gay therefore his female characters are freed from the male gaze. I'm not sure if I agree with that at this time. I mean his female characters have been fairly fucked up in strange, disconcerting ways. And I was bothered by the ending of "8 Women" which seemed to suggest that the women had killed the father/only male in the film with their terrible, vileness -- even though buddy was fucking his daughter and certainly no saint.
The only thing I'm certain of is that he has something going on with water. Oh and that the ending to "See the Sea" would never happen in an American movie. I like that.
I've opened comments. What's your take on this?