The New Girlfriend (2014)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 18, 2015 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Francois Ozon's humorous psychological drama The New Girlfriend stars Anais Demoustier as Claire, a young woman whose closest friend since childhood, Lea, passes away, leaving behind a husband named David (Romain Duris) and a newborn baby. One day Claire drops by David's house unexpectedly, and finds him feeding his baby with a bottle while dressed in his dead wife's clothes. He explains that Lea was aware of his predilection, and his relief that he's able to share his secret with someone moves both of them to create a female persona for him named Virginia. As David begins to identify more strongly as Virginia, this leads to confusing and conflicting feelings in Claire, and causes a rift between her and her husband (Raphael Personnaz). The New Girlfriend screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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cross-dressing, death, friend, husband, newborn