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. Hassan Mohammad
    May 27, 2023

    How is this film rare??

    • Jon W.
      May 27, 2023

      Not as rare as most films I post but it is still ‘rare’ in a way as it’s OOP/hard to find on DVD in the U.S., yet to be released on Bluray anywhere and not available on official streaming services except in France.

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