Fifth about The Seventh

Peter von Kant

Peter von Kant: François Ozon’s free adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s work is a breezy affair, but nevertheless very entertaining. Broken into three acts, it looks at the three phases of the title character’s relationship with a young man. Denis Ménochet gives a gigantic performance as the protagonist (both in quality and in size, clearly owing to its stage origin); his film director is an authoritarian and insecure diva, barely in control of his emotions. Stefan Crepon, as his silent and abused gofer, gives a great performance as well. The rest of the small cast is very fine as well. The film embraces its stage origin with its aesthetic choices. The space where the film mostly takes place is a memorable apartment, created by production designer Katia Wyszkop. Costume designer Pascaline Chavanne came up with a great dandy look for Crepon and some very film star-like gowns for Isabelle Adjani. Cinematographer Manuel Dacosse complements the sets with a rich use of color.

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