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In the House (2012)

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  • Actors: Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), Emmanuelle Seigner (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Ninth Gate, La Vie en Rose), Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds
  • Directors: François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women)
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A sixteen-year-old boy schemes his way into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy s intrusion unleashes a series of uncontrollable events.
Bonus Features: Making-Of Featurette.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To be continued... November 12, 2013
When watching Francois Ozon's `In the House', I was repeatedly reminded of Atom Egoyan's `Adoration'. Both films tackle the idea of obsession and fabrication as unified entities and interwoven truths, and both carry and heaviness about them that seems rooted in something concealed.

But then, with regards to `In the House', things start to shift, tonally.

This is where `In the House' rises above being yet another `clever film' and becomes something more, something substantial. It's not merely clever, it's remarkably astute and says so much for those very subjects thanks to an almost witty and playful shift in nature. Ozon's directorial achievement here is easily overlooked, but he handles the film's core with such organic grace. He allows the film's finale to coat over the audience, pandering to us without giving in to obvious manipulations. The homage to films like `Rear Window' (this is vastly superior, but I know I'm in the minority when it comes to that film) makes for something truly rewarding, and that final shot is especially effective `because' of the buildup created by Ozon. Yes, as the film descends into the depths of Ozon's painted portrayal of roving eyes and wandering minds, the audience is taken for a ride they won't soon forget.

And thanks to that finale, they'll continue to recall and dissect.

`In the House' tells of a partnership of sorts that forms between a precocious young student and his English teacher. Claude is deeply affected by his family life and the perceived perfection of a middle class family he attempts to draw close to. Latching onto his classmate, Rapha, Claude finds a way to weasel his way into their lives and begins to write about it for his class project.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `Even barefoot the rain won't dance' July 26, 2013
This is quite simply a delightful and engrossing French film. It tells the story of Claude Garcia (Ernst Umhauer), he is a student at Lycee Gustave Flaubert and a bit of a loner. He specialises in maths, but has written an essay for his cynical and dismissive literature teacher, Professor Germain (Fabrice Lucini `The Women on the Sixth Floor'). In it he tells how he had become obsessed with entering a school mate's house, just to be with a `normal' middle class family. His mother having left and him having to care for a father he clearly has little in common with has left him on the periphery of life where he seems to be more of a spectator than a participant.

His essay details how he managed to inveigle his way into the home and what his thoughts and feelings were. He ends his essay with `to be continued'; it is the best piece of creative writing Germain has seen in a long while and he encourages his young charge to continue. This he does with increasing flair and increasing artifice.

What started out as well written reportage quickly becomes a blur of fact and fiction. The resulting release of emotions for all involved soon leads to circumstances spiralling out of control. Kristen Scott-Thomas plays Madame Germain, she runs a modern art gallery that has some truly uninspiring and ludicrous exhibits check out the `penile swastika' to give you a taste. Her job is juxtaposed to her husbands and the increasing obsession he has with the `story' compared with her struggling in the reality of her life.

This is just a sublime film, director François Ozon has made a film that is perfectly balanced, billed as a thriller, mystery, it is also a bit of a comedy and a study in obsession and the inter relationships that can happen just by chance in ones life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
French director François Ozon has quickly, and from out of nowhere, become one of my all time favorite contemporary filmmakers. His movies almost always challenge expectations and serve up something that feels altogether unique. That's a commendable rarity in this world of cookie-cutter plots and stories that appeal to the lowest common denominator. When François Ozon makes a film, it still has the ability to surprise. But lest I scare you away from a resume that includes great films like "8 Women" (a personal favorite). "Swimming Pool," "Potiche," and "Jeune & Jolie," I will also say that his films are eminently entertaining as well. You don't have to be a film snob to love Ozon, you just have to love originality. From this introduction, you can anticipate that I expected to enjoy "In The House." I did. What I didn't really expect, however, is the degree to which I would have passion about this movie. I loved it and it may now be my new favorite Ozon!

"In the House" is a terrific character study, a subversive comedy, and a sly intersection of fact and fiction. Its entire structure is based on a series of clever manipulations. Every character manipulates every other character in one form or another and the movie itself entices and manipulates the viewer with a somewhat unreliable narrator. Fabrice Luchini plays a disillusioned literature professor. A once promising author, Luchini has given up any form of artistic endeavor. As a new term starts, he is uninspired by his current crop of students but sees promise in the personal essay of a young Ernst Umhauer (in a star making performance). Umhauer's story tells of how he insinuated himself into the house of a fellow student and is a subtle condemnation of bourgeoisie values.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
A very different plot, and the fine acting are two reasons why I gave it five stars. A 16-year-old charms his way into a family, and what happens is enough for me to recommend it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by suzietoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by GRixse
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously Twisted
Loved it. Claude was a phenomenal character and the twistedness was so intriguing. I'd watch it again and recommend it highly to anyone.
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Lorusso
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny!
This movie was terrific. The actors had great chemistry and comedic timing. Fabrice Luchini was the standout, but there was not a bad performance from any of the cast!
Published 8 months ago by Chelsea Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh!
It was okay, a little creepy and the dialogue was typically French :) Watched on the plane so it kept my attention
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars " To be continued "
In the House is about a teacher,Germain(Luchini), disillusioned with the bureaucracy, who teaches literature to his French students. Read more
Published 9 months ago by technoguy
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 STARS) Intelligent But Distant
Based on a play by Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, François Ozon’s latest work “In the House” (“Dans la maison”) follows the unusual story of Germain (Fabrice Luchini), a tired and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tsuyoshi
3.0 out of 5 stars "A Bad Seed Vibe"
A mildly intriguing and entertaining French import that blurs the boundary between fantasy and reality. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cary B. Barad
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever French Film.
The plot takes place in 21st century France and concerns a student with a penchant for writing. His choice of topic is the plot for this foreign film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by De witte leeuw.
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