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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

The New Girlfriend

Une Nouvelle Amie

Directed by François Ozon

France / 2014 / 108 mins / French with English subtitles


Childhood best friends Claire and Laura are utterly inseparable, so it comes as a particularly devastating blow when Laura becomes ill and dies, leaving her husband David to raise their newborn daughter, Lucie, by himself. As she stops by the house one afternoon, door unlocked, she finds a strange woman holding Lucie, who, on closer inspection, turns out to be David in a blonde wig and one of Laura’s dresses. An improbable friendship – with the possibility of more – springs up between Claire and her new female friend – “Virginia.” François Ozon, France’s premiere queer auteur (TIME TO LEAVE, UNDER THE SAND, 8 WOMEN, SWIMMING POOL) returns with another provocative examination of the boundaries of gender and sexuality in this playful, multifaceted dramedy that features delightful performances headed by Romain Duris, winner of the Cesar for Best Actor, for his role as David/Virginia.