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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film's model is reminiscent of the 1921 play by Pirandello, "Six Characters In Search of an Author," but it's brilliant nonetheless, and wonderfully imaginative and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by New Orleans gal
A good suspenseful movie, esp if one is a writer. I highly recommend it, although it's got a very meta Rear Window vibe. (And there is one sex scene..so be warned.)Published 6 months ago by Carole McDonnell
Saw it in a theater. A talented and manipulative 16 year old highschool student draws his literature teacher into a dark plot under the pretense of developing his impressive but... Read morePublished 6 months ago by medfair
Good and unusual story. Luchini, as always, is great and gets somehow on your nerves...Published 6 months ago by Jacques P.
I liked Fabrice in Gemma Bovery...but this story was absurd. An hour and a half of my life I will never get back!!!Published 7 months ago by Lynda Gayle Hallock
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