In The House

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For his literature assignment, lycée student Claude Garcia (Umhauer) writes long, fantastical accounts of weekends in the company of his friend's middle-class family. Gradually, his teacher Germain (Luchini) becomes mesmerised by his fictions. The two dev


Creative writing tutors encouraging students to draw from personal experience may think twice after seeing François Ozon’s clever black comedy, in which a teenager (a superb Ernst Umhauer) lures his bored teacher (Fabrice Luchini) and his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) into a moral mousetrap via his compositions. An innocent ‘What I Did This Weekend’ assignment turns sinister as the lad preys for material on a gormless classmate — and his sexy mum. Reality is hard to disentangle from fiction in Ozon’s ingenious narrative, itself a witty essay on the possibilities of storytelling.

Ozon weaves another spellbinding tale that mingles the real and imaginery with terrific effect.