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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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Black farce version of Pasolini's "Theorem", 24 September 2003
Author: meitschi from Vienna, Austria

I love Francois Ozon's films. Together with this, I have seen all his feature-length work (Sitcom, Criminal Lovers, Drops Falling On Burning Rocks, Under the Sand, 8 Women, Swimming Pool). "Sitcom" is the film by him that I found the most bizarre and unsettling (even though I had some good laughs). The ending was a bit too much, but otherwise, I quite liked it. The atmosphere and the bizarre events sometimes reminded me of "Criminal Lovers", that he made immediately afterwards, but with more focus on black humor than in the latter.

The whole way through, the story of "Sitcom" reminded me of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Theorem" (Teorema) - much more than of Bunuel's "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie", already mentioned here. In Pasolini's 1968 film, a strange visitor unsettles the life of an Italian bourgeois family: after he leaves, the daughter loses her mind, starts lying catatonicly on her bed and has to be transferred to a mental institution; the mother, in a desperate urge for promiscuity, picks up handsome young men on the streets for sex; the maid goes back to her village and becomes a levitating saint; the son discovers his talent for painting (and probably realizes that he is gay); the father at first seems not to be affected, but then he also succumbs to the influence.

Ozon's film seems to take up this motif and transfer it to a very-very black farce and a parody of American sitcoms (I love the set design with all those bright colors!). People here (especially the mother) always try to "talk things out" like in the sitcoms, but it doesn't really work, because the environment is/has become so different.

At the very end, though, everyone seems to have found themselves at last: from a dysfunctional family, they have apparently become a happy family again - though not exactly in the traditional, conservative way. But the white rat is still lurking everywhere...

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