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In The House [DVD] 
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Offbeat French drama from director François Ozon that explores the relationship between a literature student and the talented pupil whose gift for description he attempts to nurture. Germain (Fabrice Luchini) usually despairs about the quality of the creative writing his pupils produce so when he receives a piece from the previously unremarkable student Claude (Ernst Umhauer) that displays promise he is moved to pledge assistance to the boy. Complicating matters somewhat is the fact that Claude writes about the household of a friend whose mother (Emmanuelle Seigner) he has a crush on and whose mundane lives amuse him. As Germain offers Claude advice on how to improve the dramatic tension within his submissions, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur. A strange power game develops in which Claude and Germain manipulate the family on and off the page, but how will they react when fact and fiction finally collide?
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I am not going to try to summarize the story. I have seen it described as a hilarious comedy - it has some very funny moments but I did not see it that way. Almost a thriller but not really - almost a fantasy but not that either. It is best approached with very little knowledge of what you are about to see which involves shifting realities. I feel a plot summary would significantly reduce your enjoyment!
As so often with Ozon it is one of a kind - and rewarding viewing. I need to see it again and am glad it is now available on DVD.
The film is really a black comedy and it moves at a satisfying pace. There is never a superfluous scene. It moves toward what is the inevitable tragi-comic conclusion with perfect finesse. I have seen François Ozon films before but I was never moved to write a review. It is certainly worth a watch if you like French films and like films which have an artistic flavour but don't take themselves too seriously.
I loved the element of "morally wrong" that the teacher will take a dangerous path to satisfy his curiousity and help his student develop his writing skills.
Of course Claude is a disturbed teenager, and as the story unfolds, a series of event will change the professsor's life forever...A MUST SEE! Also, Kristin Scott Thomas is amazing and her french is perfect!
that last. This film is a real masterpiece, and the only drawback is that I don`t speak french, and has to take my eyes away to
read the english subtitles. But I guess this is one of the films I will watch many times, and learn the lines by memory ;- )
There are many good actors in this film, and they deliver the right atmosphere all the time.
I enjoyed this film, was never bored and longed for the story (both on the paper and on the screen) to be continued!
Recommended for a night in!
The film’s set-up is brilliantly done as middle-aged, middle-class couple, Fabrice Luchini’s 'progressive’ teacher Germain Germain and Kristen Scott Thomas’ art gallery manager Jeanne, become 'voyeurs’ to the intrusive antics of the 'fictional world’ of 16-year old pupil to Germain, Ernst Umhauer’s Claude, whose essays create a peeping tom/fantasy world around Claude’s fellow pupil Bastien Ughetto’s Rapha. Ozon gets the hang-ups of the 'bourgeois’ pair just right, overlaying their sense of concern over Claude’s writing (and its potential disruptive effect) with an engaging, dark sense of comedy. The parodying of Jeanne’s 'modern’ art pursuits (constantly mocked by her husband) is, if a little predictable, still very funny.Read more ›
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While marking a set of mundane 'what I did at the weekend..' essays, French Literature teacher Germain, finds one that is not only promising but intriguing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Moira
Very interesting French film. You never know what is going to happen next.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. G. M. Mitchell
By turns quirky, creepily unsettling and hilarious. Another corker from Fancois Ozon. If you love his movies, you'll love this. If you haven't seen his movies, watch them all now!Published 5 months ago by Matt Forbes-Dale
How did Kristin get stuck in such a dull movie. Maybe the 2nd half was a little better - I'll never know. The 1st half was so boring, I switched off. Vraiment la merde!Published 5 months ago by Nikhar