The French excel at films focused on relationships: the intricacies of emotional and physical connections. Director François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend" resides wholly in that arena with its focused consideration of best friends Claire and David who becomes Virginia. Gradually and sensitively, the film examines sexual desire and gender identity with an unhurried, thought-provoking inquiry.
In French writer/director Christophe Barratier’s “War of the Buttons,” we find ourselves, spring 1944, in a relatively isolated French village. The Nazis have a dominant presence but remain secondary to the turf wars of two groups of boys. Their battles’ spoils consist of buttons and shoelaces, leaving the vanquished with pants falling down and shirts flapping.