The New Girlfriend

Synopsis: Claire and Laura have been friends since primary school. Now, in their adult lives, with each happily married, to Gilles and David respectively, they are as close as ever. Then Laura dies after an illness and Claire's world is suddenly very empty. Being the godmother of Laura's child, Lucie, Claire visits David and Lucie, only to discover he has a startling secret...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): François Ozon
Production: Cohen Media Group
  1 win & 7 nominations.
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108 min


Laura was my best friend.

My friend for life.

The moment we met,

it was love at first sight.

Because it was her...

and it was me.

We were only seven,

but we knew

we'd be together forever.

Please welcome

your new classmate, Laura.

Back to our grammar lesson.

Regular verbs.

Who can give me a regular verb?

Together forever...

Hey, Laura!

What's wrong?

May the Lord strengthen your vows.

May his spirit move you

to serve him in harmony together.

I bless this union

in the name of the Father,

the Son and the Holy Spirit.


United in holy matrimony...

these rings will forever

symbolize your love.

In the name of the Father,

the Son and the Holy Spirit.


As we did when we were children,

we made a pact.

I made you a promise.

And that promise, Laura,

I will keep.

As long as I live,

I will watch over your daughter Lucie

and her father David.

In the name of the Father,

the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Claire, time for work.

Get up.

I don't want to go.

Make an effort

You need to get your mind off it.


See you tonight.

See you tonight.

Here we are!


Everything ok?

Yes. But I wanted to tell you...

I took a week off.


I can't concentrate.

Don't worry, I understand.

Have you called David?


Maybe you could go see him.

Help him with his daughter.

I'm scared...

of seeing Lucie.

She reminds me so much of Laura.

Dinner was great, thanks.

You hardly ate a thing.

But it was delicious.


- Do you want to?

- Yes.

Are you sure?

Of course I am.

This is David,

I can? come to the phone...

Anyone home?

Hello madam, I...

Sorry, I won't bother you.

No, Claire, wait!

Stay. Let me explain.

You don't have to explain.

Please, hear me out.

I'll just put Lucie down.

Make yourself a drink.

She's sleeping.

I'll have a drink too.

First of all,

Laura knew.


I know she told you everything,

but not this.

Before we were married,

I confessed to her that...

I sometimes dress as a woman.

Just occasionally, for fun.

For pleasure.

She accepted it.

The only thing she asked

was that I don't do it in public.

So now that she's dead!


I've never left this house as a woman.

No one has ever seen me.

Except you, today.

By accident.

While Laura and I were together,

I stopped feeling the need.

Her presence,

her femininity, were enough.

I loved her so much.

When she died it started again.

Very naturally.

It started a Week after the funeral.

I was with Lucie in my room.

I tried to give her a bottle.

She was screaming.

She'd barely eaten in two days.

That's when {realized

she missed Laura.

Just like I did.

This is Mommy's blouse.


the pain of her absence

was gone.

Laura's perfume,

her clothing...

A wave of serenity washed over me.

It was like she was there.

Talking to me.

She was in me.

Raising a child alone is too hard.

I just thought

I could provide a maternal presence.

Every child needs a mother.

And a father.

I'm doing both.

It's temporary.

To soften the blow of losing Laura

while we adjust to her absence.

You're not doing this for Lucie.

It's for your own pleasure.

You're a pervert.

You may be right.

Claire, please!

Don't tell anyone, not even Gilles.

I don't know.

Laura's parents

might try to take Lucie away.

I love her so much.

I know.

I'd like you to understand.

The way Laura always did.

Stop bringing Laura into it.

Hi, honey.

How are you?

You smell good.

So, what'd you do today?

Nothing much.

- Did you go out?

- Yeah...

- I saw a friend.

- Really, who?

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François Ozon

François Ozon (French: [fʁɑ̃.swa o.zɔ̃]; born 15 November 1967) is a French film director and screenwriter whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. He has achieved international acclaim for his films 8 femmes (2002) and Swimming Pool (2003). Ozon is considered to be one of the most important French film directors in the new "New Wave" in French cinema such as Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Philippe Ramos, and Yves Caumon, as well as a group of French filmmakers associated with a "cinema du corps/cinema of the body". more…

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