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      In the House

      R Released Apr 19, 2013 1 hr. 45 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      88% 83 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score A teenager insinuates himself into another student's house and writes about it for a class. His teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work but the teen's intrusion unleashes a series of uncontrollable events. Read More Read Less

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      Critics Consensus

      Dark, tense, and wryly funny, In the House is brilliantly directed by François Ozon and features fine performances from its talented cast.

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      Jon V Well worth the visit! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/19/24 Full Review Audience Member A beautiful, funny and at the same time thrilling analysis of fiction's power. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a delightful film, clever, sexy, subversive and witty in its audacity. A great story well told, you join for the ride and desperately want to see where it takes you. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Enthralling and gloriously unpredictable. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Dark, complex, and captivating, I liked "In the House" very much, and this is by far my favorite Ozon film to date. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member The greatest of films and screenplays beat me, outsmart me, have an answer waiting for what I think are clever concerns which will go overlooked. I'm not sold on Esther being the repressed neglected housewife Jeanne sympathizes with, she seems to be speaking for herself and exaggerating Esther to get the message across to Germain. I'm certain they will answer my issue with Mrs. Germain, but I think Esther will be portrayed in a false drama. Have no fear, Ozon is well aware of this cheap drama that we see but don't totally buy, and he has a climactic third act all lined up to satisfy our dramatic concerns. Germain Germain is no doubt a tribute to Humbert Humbert, but this is a different kind of scandal all twisted up. At one point Jeanne suggests Germain may have sexual feelings for Claude, but if he does, he's expressing it in an unusual way. He wants Claude to fulfill his masterpiece story, he's interested in the boy's daring sexual exploit with a MILF. He'd rather Claude get it on with Esther than with himself. Jeanne's suggestion is yet another hint at her own repression, quietly developing through the movie. The situation with her art gallery being threatened is more than a distraction though to her obstacle, it is a parallel to Germain's threat in education, as evidenced at the onset of the film from his reaction to the school's return to traditional uniforms. Neither his teaching style nor her art gallery are traditional, and they face a world who resents that. I like stories that can cleverly meld reality and fiction, art imitating life or life imitating art, in this case a little bit of both. The film moves at a pace which allows the viewer to remain fixed on how Claude's vampiric home invasion develops, not worrying about which parts are embellished and which are actually happening. If something starts to feel too phony, something else happens to pad it - we see the scenario played multiple ways so that we know these events have been more Claude's imagination, or Germain steps in to interact, a great device for how is position as a superior 'educator' is interfering with the fate of this family's life and Claude's. I don't care for the Hitchcock comparisons critics seem eager to draw upon, but I'll draw my own comparison to Woody Allen with this use of Germain's meta-narrative commentary, which is in an enthralling device, allowing Germain to weave in an out of scenarios he indirectly influences Claude to explore. There's fresh, fun, quirky ideas - all the art Jeanne encounters, particularly the sexual innuendos, Orzon is reaching American audiences by making a French Americana; that's unique. Suburban homes, pizza, basketball, all the interiors of the Rapha home look familiar to me. Claude's attraction to it all is clear. He pretends to be someone else, but we eventually learn he comes from lower income housing with a disabled father he has to care for. His life is poor, dull, naturally leading him to seek outwards for excitement - he's the perfect voyeur. Diverse panels open and close the picture, another unique device which highlights the scope of that other world out there threatening Germain and Jeanne. But it's not so much to do with a threat as it is about possibilities and opportunities. The final shot, perhaps somewhat reminiscent of Rear Window or the spiders in Minority Report, is colorful, bold, full of great staging and a mark of a great director stamping his piece, a slice of the world at large and all it's happenings. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Michael Sragow Orange County Register In the House is a tour de force about two yarn-spinners -- Claude and Germain -- whose lives devolve into chaos. Rated: B+ Mar 3, 2014 Full Review Jared Eisenstat Film Comment Magazine Satirizes the process of aesthetic creation and the damage it can inflict on the artist and those around him. Nov 4, 2013 Full Review Stanley Kauffmann The New Republic The film treats imagination-and talent-in certain hands as an almost mystical force. Jun 14, 2013 Full Review Richard Propes Kristin Scott Thomas may very well offer the film's most rewarding performance as she's both dramatically involving and often quite funny. Rated: 3.0/4.0 Sep 11, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell If there's any major complaint about this otherwise artful affair, it's that the narrative arc and lasting implications feel quite fleeting. But nevertheless, Ozon's output is nothing short of entertaining. Aug 5, 2019 Full Review Amie Simon Three Imaginary Girls Ozon cloaks the scenes with Claude & Rapha's family in heavy suspense (complete with tinkly thriller music) so you never know if what the Germains are reading is true or not. Mar 2, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A teenager insinuates himself into another student's house and writes about it for a class. His teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work but the teen's intrusion unleashes a series of uncontrollable events.
      François Ozon
      François Ozon, Juan Mayorga
      Cohen Media Group
      Production Co
      Mars Films, Mandarin Cinéma, France 2 Cinéma, FOZ
      R (Sexual Content|Language)
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 19, 2013, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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