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Through its gaze my younger brother found the courage to declare his homo-sexuality to our family whether he believed it to be true or not. At first this didn't seem to cause much concern, until my mother tried to "convert" him back by forcing her own sexual impulses on him. I, on the other hand, ended up a suicidal paraplegic dominatrix who tried to seduce my father before his twisted admiration for the rat changed him too, literally. Watching it just sit in its cage, minding it's own business, it was outlandish to suggest that this feeble little animal was the source behind the demise of my entire family, but it was. Unbeknownst to any of us, our new pet had powers beyond your wildest dreams.
- "Photo de Famille" short film
- Original French trailer
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It seems that the film revolves around the disfunctional force of a family that is torn apart after the arrival of a pet rat. There seems to be some morbid force in the rat that transcends into the atmosphere of the house that sends the helpless inhabitants into a sexual frenzy of bizarre events, incest, homosexuality, suicide, and pure sexual fetish escapade.
The entire film is filled with sexual imagery and sometimes crude scenes between the characters. The film is worthwhile just for the sheer entertainment of what is going to happen next among the characters. The plot as mentioned is twisted and sick, but that is what makes it so interesting. It is definitely a very unconventional film plot. You usally don't see plots like this in film, at least I never have.
I enjoyed the entire film for its bizarre and sexual content. I particularly ejoyed the scene in which sexy actor Stephane Rideau is dressed in fetish gear and the exposing of his genitals at full lift, if you know what I mean? It is actually because of Stephane Rideau that I saw this film because I enjoyed his performances in films like "Come Undone", and "Wild Reeds". Over all, the entire cast deserves credit for good performances in such an unusual and ludicrous film. "Sitcom" deserves a "10" for creativity.
The rat, an unusual, off-beat pet in an otherwise normal house, inspires the abnormal elements of the characters' subconscious, causing them to act in the most bizarre fashion, beginning with the son spontaneously announcing his homosexuality at the dinner table, followed by his immediate seduction by the maid's husband, then the inexplicable suicide attempt by the daughter.
After that, the movie gets wierd.
Through all of the strangeness & familial collapse the father remains steadfast that absolutely nothing is wrong that everything will come out all right in the end. And then ultimately his fate is the strangest of all.
There are movies out there that demands that the audience think about them, that in order to get something of satisfaction they have to put some effort of imagination, of their own personality into it, like a cinematic Rohrschach test (was that spelled right?). This is one of those movies. Highly recommended for fans of the Avant Garde cinema.
In my view, it is not only successful at doing that, but plays with audience perceptions and biases in a very clever way and misleads us brilliantly. It is all in good fun and you should enjoy it too if you don't take it too seriously.
Ozon is probably the most original French director working today and it is well worth the time spent to see his other films. He is not that well known in France and this movie shocked some French friends that I watched it with, so question your own prejudices a bit and have fun with this.
One of the most understated moments of comedy in the film involves the daughter and the noose in the middle of the living room. The film doesn't bother to explain how it was hung. The brother's momentary reaction to the noose is very funny.
So strange and so funny.
Without giving away the story, I will tell you: this is not your average "sitcom" --> it's a black comedy, the likes of which reminds me of Miike Takashi's "Happiness of the Karakuris" (probably a good bet if you've seen one, thinking about the other). "Sitcom" does so many loopy, funny things with its normal French family (ha) that I was nearly jumping out of my seat going "You'd never see that in an American film!" "No way!!!" "Oh brother!" There are many gut-wrenching laughs to be had here.
This film constantly defies our expectations, twist after twist. On one level, it is very light, parodic fare; on another level, it says a lot of about our subconscious.
Done on a minimal budget, it relies on brilliant characterizations, writing and direction. "Sitcom" is a breath of fresh air.
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This is one of the craziest movies i have ever watched! it made me laugh... feel really ackward at times but over all i loved it. It was very weird and different. Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by Marcelino Rosas
Digusting and disturbing are probably the words that come out from you after you have watched the movie. Yet, it does not mean that it is bad. Sitcom is a very clever movie indeed. Read morePublished on April 15, 2003 by N. Wong
As many know the french are very libral so there are many scenes in this movie that I enjoy because they would never be in any non-rated nc-17 movie from america. Read morePublished on February 4, 2003
Gross. This movie is one of those gross movies that people will hate or love.
Me? I didn't love or hate it. I'm used to dysfunction. Everyone in the 20th century is. Read more
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