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Sitcom [1998] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [1999] [US Import]

Évelyne Dandry , François Marthouret , François Ozon    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Évelyne Dandry, François Marthouret, Marina de Van, Adrien de Van, Stéphane Rideau
  • Directors: François Ozon
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DIJPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,506 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you can read (subtitles), watch this.... 5 April 2000
By A Customer
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i think this is probably my favorite film ever. i love ozon's work anyway (watch les amants criminels when you can), but i think 'sitcom' is the best. it manages to be hideously french and wonderfully funny at the same time, and the images and dialogue are hilarious. be prepared that ozon isn't into moderation ... the (somewhat shocking) beginning of the film ends up looking tame at the end, but DO watch it, it's spellbinding..., promise! oh, and watch out for the courgettes.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cest Magnifique 24 Feb 2004
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A brilliant piece of work by francois ozon, a must see for all you ozon fans, bizzare but leaves you with laughs at times...what are u waiting for ?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clean family fun, from Francois Ozon. 21 Aug 2005
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Before seeing Sitcom, the only Francois Ozon films that I had any experienced of were the musical farce 8 Women and his Fassbinder adaptation Water Drops on Burning Rocks. Both of these films were interesting, but completely different, both in terms of style and content. It is through this particular film - his debut of sorts - that we can find a link between these two rather disparate projects and can also, better understand the various themes and motifs that have reappeared in subsequent Ozon works, like Criminal Lovers, Under the Sand, 5x2 and Swimming Pool.
This film effortlessly establishes Ozon's strengths as an "ensemble" director, as he introduces the idea of bourgeois characters bound together in a claustrophobic location (a familiar idea that will be repeated in 8 Women and Water Drops...) whilst all manner of catastrophe, farce and inter-family relationships are explored and exposed with a cynical (...and, to some extent, satirical) glee. I suppose in some respects, this film is similar to Luis Buñuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (though there are also allusions made to other Buñuel projects, like Belle de Jour and The Obscure Object of Desire), with added nods to filmmakers like John Waters and Michael Haneke (albeit, a less po-faced rendition of Haneke's key-themes) thrown in for good measure.
The film is darkly comic, deranged and completely absurd in the best possible way... the plot focusing on a polite, conservative French family, who each succumb to their own sexual perversions after dad brings home a pet rat (yes, you read that correctly!!).
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An outrageous and sinister depiction of a family 30 Mar 2000
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The need to be open minded and prepared for shocking ideas and images is essential when viewing this movie. A seemingly ordinary household is disrupted by the arrival of a pet which unleashes bizarre sexual desires within the family. Despite the interesting concept of appearance and reality which is explored in depth, the interaction between the characters is somewhat disturbing. At times I found the underlying messages interesting, however, the sexual suggestions are not for the faint hearted.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rat Daddy 22 Oct 2002
By KSG - Published on
This film is about the breakdown of the bourgeois family. It is very indebted to the films of Pedro Almodovar and Luis Bunuel. The head of the house brings home at rat. As a result, everyone including the maid, starts acting out their latent desires. S&M, suicide and incest are the rules of the day. Eventually the family realizes that they don't need the rat as they have all been liberated by it and are now free. It becomes apparent that Dad is the rat they need to get rid of. Who needs him? All he does is sit around and read the paper and allow everyone to do whatever they please. It is interesting and some of the sex scenes are very explicit, but it is not for everyone.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In need of psychological help! I actually liked this film. 16 Mar 2004
By Greg Allup - Published on
Help! I am in serious need of psychological help. I actually enjoyed and liked this movie. This movie is very bizarre and plain downright wierd! I still don't see the logic or reason to the plot of this film. It is going to take further viewing for me to understand the concept of this film, if there is one?
It seems that the film revolves around the disfunctional force of a family that is torn apart after the arrival of a pet rat. There seems to be some morbid force in the rat that transcends into the atmosphere of the house that sends the helpless inhabitants into a sexual frenzy of bizarre events, incest, homosexuality, suicide, and pure sexual fetish escapade.
The entire film is filled with sexual imagery and sometimes crude scenes between the characters. The film is worthwhile just for the sheer entertainment of what is going to happen next among the characters. The plot as mentioned is twisted and sick, but that is what makes it so interesting. It is definitely a very unconventional film plot. You usally don't see plots like this in film, at least I never have.
I enjoyed the entire film for its bizarre and sexual content. I particularly ejoyed the scene in which sexy actor Stephane Rideau is dressed in fetish gear and the exposing of his genitals at full lift, if you know what I mean? It is actually because of Stephane Rideau that I saw this film because I enjoyed his performances in films like "Come Undone", and "Wild Reeds". Over all, the entire cast deserves credit for good performances in such an unusual and ludicrous film. "Sitcom" deserves a "10" for creativity.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How do you spell parody? 6 Jan 2005
By French Flic Fan - Published on
I am amazed at many of the reviews here that take this film so seriously. The title itself should give away the intention to make a film that parodies sitcoms and soap operas.

In my view, it is not only successful at doing that, but plays with audience perceptions and biases in a very clever way and misleads us brilliantly. It is all in good fun and you should enjoy it too if you don't take it too seriously.

Ozon is probably the most original French director working today and it is well worth the time spent to see his other films. He is not that well known in France and this movie shocked some French friends that I watched it with, so question your own prejudices a bit and have fun with this.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, grotesque and explicit 1 April 2000
By Daniel B. Waldman - Published on
This movie is a variation on Kafka's "Metamorphosis" taken to even more absurd extremes. It also took several cinematic & thematic cues from Dali's "Un Chien Andulou." Both of those works, like "Sitcom", are about rebelling of what is often regarded as proper or right in normal society.
The rat, an unusual, off-beat pet in an otherwise normal house, inspires the abnormal elements of the characters' subconscious, causing them to act in the most bizarre fashion, beginning with the son spontaneously announcing his homosexuality at the dinner table, followed by his immediate seduction by the maid's husband, then the inexplicable suicide attempt by the daughter.
After that, the movie gets wierd.
Through all of the strangeness & familial collapse the father remains steadfast that absolutely nothing is wrong that everything will come out all right in the end. And then ultimately his fate is the strangest of all.
There are movies out there that demands that the audience think about them, that in order to get something of satisfaction they have to put some effort of imagination, of their own personality into it, like a cinematic Rohrschach test (was that spelled right?). This is one of those movies. Highly recommended for fans of the Avant Garde cinema.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An undoubtedly disturbing, but clever movie 16 April 2003
By N. Wong - Published on
Digusting and disturbing are probably the words that come out from you after you have watched the movie. Yet, it does not mean that it is bad. Sitcom is a very clever movie indeed. This movie's humour lies on who should exist, the sexually 'normal'? or the sexually 'indecent'? The climax of the paterfamilias killing the whole family is followed by the anti-climax of the family killing the indifferent father figure. Are they killing the rat or their father? We should think about it. The dialogues and plot are entertaining, but at the same time, also pathetic as they reveal the deep isolation among members in a dysfunctional middle-class family.
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