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Directed by
François Ozon 
Writing credits
François Ozon (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Olivier Delbosc .... producer
Marc Missonnier .... producer
Original Music by
Éric Neveux 
Cinematography by
Yorick Le Saux 
Film Editing by
Dominique Petrot 
Production Design by
Angélique Puron 
Costume Design by
Hervé Poeydemenge 
Production Management
Paul Raoux .... production manager
Sound Department
Charles Autrand .... dialogue editor
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
François Guillaume .... sound
Benoît Hillebrant .... sound editor
Benoît Hillebrant .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Claude Moireau .... still photographer
Frederick Vanard .... electrician
Music Department
Francesco Bontempi .... composer: additional music
Guillaume Dettmar .... musician
Michael Gaffey .... composer: additional music
Pete Glenister .... composer: additional music
Annerley Gordon .... composer: additional music
Albert Roussel .... composer: additional music
Emma Savouret .... musician
Giorgio Spagna .... composer: additional music
Irène Toporkoff-Mayer .... music coordinator (as Irène Toporkoff)
Other crew
Daniela Nobili .... dialogue director: Italian
Dominique Besnehard .... thanks
Nathalie Bloch-Lainé .... thanks
Brahim Chioua .... thanks
Adeline Lecallier .... thanks
Isabelle Peyrefitte .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Home Drama" - Japan (English title)
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85 min | Japan:80 min | UK:78 min
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François Ozon admitted in interviews that his dream cast for the film would have been for Lana Turner to play the daughter and Bette Davis her mother.See more »
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
In a word: brilliant, 16 March 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

François Ozon's pitch black mickey take is a biting satire on family life and a brash distraction from the shows of it's title. While many sitcom's are monotonous affairs, Ozon's take on the medium is anything but. Despite taking in many of the clichés of the sitcom - stuffy mother, raunchy maid, bored father etc - Sitcom manages to be continually inventive and the way that it exposes the clichés of the genre is both ludicrously ridiculous and harshly disturbing. The French director proves with this movie that he's not afraid to overstep several boundaries and make a film that dares to be different, and for that reason this film will never be universally liked. However, if you can connect with Ozon's vision, you're in for a treat and that was the situation I found myself in! The story follows a father who, after bringing his family a lab-rat for a present, finds his family collapsing around him - his son discovers he's gay, his daughter jumps out of the window and his wife...well, I'll leave you to find that out on your own.

Sitcom is a singularly unpleasant experience. Watching family life deteriorate is a much more gruelling affair than you might imagine, and even though the family and the situation that Ozon has presented are utterly ridiculous; he still manages to inject life into it, which ensures that it hammers home the point that the auteur intended. Whenever I see a film that dares to be different and deliver something that I haven't seen before, I tend to find myself heaping the praise on it and that is certainly the case with this film. You will not find a comedy with a more rotten core than this one and similarly you will not find one that dares to present the utterly ridiculous happenings that this movie thrives on. I don't know how Ozon thought he could get away with some of the things in this film - not just the taboo's he's portrayed, but other things too, some of which are just too stupid to comprehend – but Ozon makes them work! Sitcom is a movie that needs to be experienced, and it's a film that will divide opinions as much as any other movie ever made. And if only for that reason - see this film as soon as possible.

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