Water Drops on Burning Rocks

Water Drops on Burning Rocks

Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a 2000 French romantic comedy drama film directed by François Ozon, based on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's play Tropfen auf heißen Steinen. The plot concerns a 50 year old businessman in 1970s Germany, who becomes infatuated with a man 30 years his junior.


A 50-year-old businessman Léopold (Bernard Giraudeau) arrives home with 20-year-old Franz (Malik Zidi), whom he has just met. Franz is not quite sure why he agreed to come home with Léopold as he is supposed to be meeting his fiancée Anna, but he accepts drinks from Léopold and they begin to get to know each other. Franz tells Léopold that he is not sure whether or not he loves Anna, that he does not really enjoy sex with her, finding more pleasure in books, theatre and life in general. Léopold asks him if he has ever slept with a man. Franz says he has not, but describes a dream where a man comes into his bedroom in an overcoat and has sex with him. Léopold says that although he once lived with a woman for seven years, he has always found sex with men more exciting. They kiss, and Léopold tells Franz to get undressed and into bed. He then appears beside the bed in an overcoat ready to re-enact Franz's dream.