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After a series of acclaimed shorts, Ozon goes for the big one - and misses. A vaguely Buñuelian exercise in taking a swing at the bourgeoisie, the film traces the implosion of an apparently typical family under the baleful influence of a predatory pet rat. The story is essentially Boudu Saved from Drowning with a rodent in the Michel Simon role. It is sharpest etching minor social infractions, like the father's complacency, but lacks the restraint which lent Ozon's short films such a powerful, sinister undercurrent. Instead, we get bizarre fantasy, arch black comedy and a charmless camp sensibility.

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Director: François Ozon
Screenwriter: François Ozon
Cast: Evelyne Dandry
François Marthouret
Marina de Van
Adrien de Van
Stéphane Rideau
Lucia Sanchez