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interested_observer | San Francisco, CA USA | 05/17/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
""The Collected Shorts of Francois Ozon: X 2000" bundles together four early, short films by the famed director. The DVD comes with no extras and with no chapter titles. When the fourth film is over, the first film starts over.The first film is "Truth or Dare" ["Action Verite"], which shows two teen-age boys and two teen-age girls playing truth or dare. They target sex questions and dares involving kissing and touching. Then one dare produces a big surprise. (4 minutes) 3+ stars.The second film is the best. "Little Death" [a poor translation of "La Petite Mort"; maybe "Post-Orgasm" is closer] stars Francois Delaive as Paul, a gay photographer estranged from his father and living with lover Martial (played by Martial Jacques). Paul likes to take pictures of men at sexual climax. Paul's sister Camille (played by Camille Japy) gets Paul to visit his dying father (played by Michel Beaujard). When Paul arrives, his father does not recognize him. Paul returns later to take pictures. After the father dies, Camille brings Paul some of his father's own photos. The film has a good emotional resolution. (24 minutes) Four stars.The third film, "Bed Scenes" on the back of the DVD or "Bedtime Stories" in the film ["Scenes de lit"] presents seven very short bed scenes with different actors for each. Issues of trust, cleanliness, age differences, foreplay, transference, self-absorption, and experimentation appear, as do straight, gay, and lesbian behaviors. (25 minutes) Some are 3 stars and some are 4.The fourth film, "X 2000", shows the morning after the 2000 New Year, many flights up in a residential suite. A nude man (played by Bruno Slagmulder) gets out of bed to get a hangover remedy. The nude women he is with (played by Denise Schropfer Aron) gets up later to take a languid bath. The man notices two young shirtless twin men sleeping in a sleeping bag, a nude couple having sex a few stories down in a neighboring building, and ants feasting on party left-overs. The man goes back to the woman, who asks what's up and is told that ants are attacking. (8 minutes) I could see this as a transition scene in a larger piece but not as a stand-alone. High 2/ low 3 stars. It's good to gather all these scraps together. There are frequent skin scenes. "The Little Death" is very good movie. Fans of Jeremy Elkaim ("Come Undone") and Loie Even will be happy. I still recommend "Criminal Lovers" by Francois Ozon."
interested_observer | 11/15/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well, being a huge fan of francois ozon I had to check this one out. All the short films are great but unfortunately the DVD format on this one sucks. You actually have to sit thru the whole thing and can't just skip around like the way you should on a DVD. This is almost like owning the VHS version.
Otherwise it's good."
Multiple Views of Why Francois Ozon is a Fine Director
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"X2000 ('Scenes de lit') is a pastiche of the short films made by Francois Ozon before and during the year 1998. The excellent collection offers tangible proof that Ozon's gifts were well established in short stories before he tackled the important films he has produced to date: 'Swimming Pool', 'Under the Sand', '8 Women', '5X2', 'Water Drops on Burning Rocks', etc. The man has vision, courage in tackling taboo subjects, and a style that remains his own.
'Truth or Dare' is a brief 4 minutes of play among four youngsters (two boys, two girls) who test the limits of fantasy and sexual exploration and the fun little game ends with a most touching 'dare'. 'Little Death' is the longest of the works (and the most engaging) and introduces Paul (Francois Delaive), a gay photographer whose images are those of men's faces during climax, and his lover Martial (Martial Jacques) whose lives are disrupted by Paul's sister Camille (Camille Japy) demanding that Paul visit his estranged, dying father (Michel Beaujard). Paul does so but takes his camera and photographs the nude, near comatose father in a sort of revenge that results in his ultimate resolution of his years of distance.
The next set of very brief clips is entitled 'Bedtime Stories' and is a wonderful glimpse into moments of truth between couples dealing with nascent sexuality, fetishes, May/September encounters, hygiene dilemmas equally spaced among straight, gay and lesbian themes. And the final brief film 'X2000' is merely a millennium dawn with a nude man awakening to the detritus of a New Year's party which includes an aging corpulent bedmate, some voyeurism watching a couple at sexual play and another couple (twin men) sleeping in a zipped bag. It is simple but resounds with messages about the expectations versus findings of a new millennium.
The 64-minute film stands well on its own, but for those who have become fans of Francois Ozon's brilliant full-length films, this little plate of hors d'oeuvres is irresistible. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, June 06 "
Some more interesting stories from Ozon
Grady Harp | 05/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After a year that contained that American release of two great Ozon films (Water Drops & Criminal Lovers), this DVD is a somewhat weak follow up. The four short films tell a story of certain coming of age milestones (the death of a parent, sexual experimentation, etc..). But it doesn't have the richness of his feature length films. But get it anyway. All his films have a story to tell."
Funny, entertaining, professional.
Michael Kerjman | 01/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Last Australian edition of Fr. Ozon works has accomplished two DVD disks: "See the sea", "Summer Dress" and X2000 plus shorts on a second.
Psychotic movie of murdering mother and her infant daughter is well balanced with rather comedian works presented a real talent of producer upon few minutes disclosing to the point a very gist of stories' acting characters.