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Ozon's Transgressive Triple:
Sitcom, Criminal Lovers, & Water Drops on Burning Rocks

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD!


Ozon's Transgressive Triple: Sitcom, Criminal Lovers, & Water Drops on Burning Rocks

Dir. François Ozon


Kink, murder, incest, and cannibalism. These are just a few of François Ozon's favorite things in his early features. A masterful chameleon of genre and style with more than 20 years of filmmaking under his belt, Ozon has built a vast and versatile body of work and while he may have gained the spotlight after the critically acclaimed and elegantly subtle 'Under the Sand' (2000) along with the sexy thriller 'Swimming Pool' (2003), this collection rediscovers Ozon's brash roots with a trilogy like no other.



An upper-middle-class nuclear family experiences upheaval when they adopt a laboratory mouse as their new pet. As each member interacts with the new addition to the household, the animal exerts a strange power that prompts them to explore their repressed psychosexual desires. A satire of bourgeois values - something of a cross between John Waters and Luis Buñuel - Ozon offers surreal delights and a rollercoaster of perversions in Sitcom.

Year of production: 1998. Running Time: 80 min


Criminal Lovers

An audacious queer take on Hansel and Gretel, Criminal Lovers starts with a thrill kill that sends its protagonists, Alice and Luc, down the rabbit hole. Like a wannabe Bonnie and Clyde, the couple flee their safe suburban lives before getting lost in the woods, only to find themselves trapped by a psychotic woodsman. What awaits in his cellar - from sexual enlightenment to karmic retribution - must be seen to be believed.

Year of production: 1999. Running Time: 97 min


Water Drops on Burning Rocks

Water Drops on Burning Rocks adapts an unproduced play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Ozon's favorite filmmaker - in which Franz, a naïve 19-year-old, is seduced by a smug-yet-alluring, 50-year-old businessman Leopold, quickly moving into his apartment. Domestic bliss is short-lived as a sadomasochistic relationship takes root and the power dynamics continue to shift upon the arrival of both men's ex-girlfriends: the spry Anna and mysterious Véra. This ménage à quatre leads to sex, despair, and, of course, a musical number.

Year of production: 2000. Running Time: 86 min


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Special Features on the DVD/Blu-ray:

  • New Interview with Actor Stéphane Rideau

  • Commentary Track for 'Water Drops on Burning Rocks' by Cerise Howard and Rohan Spong

  • Video Essay 'Little Deaths: Loss and Coming of Age in François Ozon's First Chapter' by Kat Ellinger

  • *Pull-out Poster with Artwork by Pierre et Gilles

  • *Critical Essay by Juan Barquin and Trae DeLellis

  • Compilation Trailer

  • Other Trailers

* Denotes Blu-ray Exclusive Feature


  • Region-A / Region 1

  • Stereo Audio

  • In French with English Subtitles

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