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 develop a strange bond...
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.
Reviewed by Guy Lodge