In the House

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In the House

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Posted: Thu Oct 11 2012

The prolific François Ozon follows unabashed crowdpleaser ‘Potiche’ with a social satire that’s no less fun, but delivers rather more substance in its sardonic portraiture and pointed self-awareness.

Germain (the ever-waspish Fabrice Luchini) is an old-fashioned teacher at a trendy secondary school who discovers a renewed purpose in the intriguing prose delivered by student Claude (effortlessly poised newcomer Ernst Umhauer). This mischievous outsider turns his fascination with a classmate’s seemingly ideal bourgeois household – and in particular Emmanuelle Seigner’s yummy maman – into a series of weekly writing exercises. Germain seizes upon the pages, but what does his eagerness to sharpen up the writing tell us about his own stalled creativity, his petty prejudices, and even his arid marriage to art gallery manager Jeanne (an impeccable Kristin Scott Thomas)?

Adapting a play by Juan Mayorga, Ozon treats Claude’s serial misadventures as a sort of suave Buñuelian soap opera, yet while we see the interloper’s increasingly daring incursions play out, we’re also treated to teacher’s ‘improved’ versions of events, and it’s soon a real tease distinguishing fact from fiction…if any of it’s ‘fact’ at all.

There’s fun to be had from the pomposity and pretensions of Luchini and Scott-Thomas, yet the surrounding frolics also hint at the hidden agendas behind the stories which fascinate us, and indeed how those stories play up to a distanced, even unhealthy curiosity about the lives of others. Plenty to ponder then, but you can also simply enjoy its gossipy fizz. A witty, naughty, insight-packed provocation which never takes its seriousness too seriously.  

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UK release:

Fri Mar 29, 2013

Duration:

105 mins

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Director:

François Ozon

Screenwriter:

François Ozon

Cast:

Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ernst Umhauer

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Paul

Yes, a film that makes one proud to be a European that serves up such a smörgåsbord of films instead of the one dimensional films that pour out of Hollywood. Of course Kristin Scott Thomas makes any film she is in and oozes sexuality and that "je ne sais quoi" that keeps us coming back for more. The music works well in the background and foreground too and had me reaching for Spotify to listen to it again. A good night out that melts some of the sang-froid I have against the French.

Sutton

An enjoyable and amusing romp. Re the TO web site, worth emailing them to attend to it's shortcomings. They are aware of some of the flaws.

UglyGeezer

Loved it! It was sassy, smart and very funny! Agree about the website, finding where films are playing is a chore now and easier done outside timeout's site.

UglyGeezer

Loved it! It was sassy, smart and very funny! Agree about the website, finding where films are playing is a chore now and easier done outside timeout's site.

Francesca

Enjoyed very much. Curious to read the play now. Glad to see Emanuelle Seigner back.

Francesca

Enjoyed very much. Curious to read the play now. Glad to see Emanuelle Seigner back.

john o sullivan

Ozon attempt to be the french woody allen and he succeeds ..pretentious,overlong and unfunny it reminded me of the scene in irma vep where the German interviewer rants about whats wrong with french film basically this is made to patronise the middle classes and celebrate the intellectual even KST seems bored