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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Fabrice Luchini
Kristin Scott Thomas
Ernst Umhauer.
Directors
Francois Ozon.
Screenwriters
Francois Ozon.
Running Time
105 minutes

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In The House
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Plot
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...


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In The House
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.


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


Reviewed by Guy Lodge

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Suspect I was watching a different film...

It felt a little like a concussion sufferer trying to recount details of an accident he barely remembers being in; disjointed, confusing, and ultimately aimless. There are shades of Ruby Sparks, except that it all pretty much happens as you see it, and you can't like anyone on screen. So that's all good, then. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 20:32, 30 March 2013 | Report This Post


Loved it.

An excellent reminder - for those who still need reminding - about the benefits of having a great screenplay. It's riveting stuff. Goes a bit balmy towards the end - but it's fine. And how good is that final shot? ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 23:48, 29 March 2013 | Report This Post


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