Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes (2000) AKA Water Drops on Burning Rocks


A wry and comic look at the shifting of power in sexual relationships, Francois Ozon’s film is adapted from a play written but never staged by the celebrated German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder. When the smooth-talking Leopold , a successful businessman of 50, seduces 20-year-old Franz, the youngster falls under his spell and moves in with him. But, Leopold soon reveals his true colours and Franz contemplates returning to his girlfriend  – until Leopold seduces her too. The arrival of Leopold’s former lover Vera, a male to female transsexual, only complicates matters further.

Director: François Ozon. AKA Water Drops on Burning Rocks
Writers: Rainer Werner Fassbinder (play), François Ozon.
Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi, Anna Thomson, Ludivine Sagnier.
Cinematographer: Jeanne Lapoirie.

2000 Berlin International Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Bear.


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  1. burt
    May 22, 2023

    very powerful and beautiful film

  2. Gerald L. Austin
    June 8, 2023

    First of all, let me mention that there were MANY stoppages. There was very little nudity in the film, if there had been none I wouldn’t have given it even the 3-star rating. The stoppages really did interfere with possible enjoyment.

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