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In the House (2012)
"Dans la maison" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  10 October 2012 (France)
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A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family.

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Ernst Umhauer ...
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Bastien Ughetto ...
Jean-François Balmer ...
Le proviseur du lycée Gustave Flaubert
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Les jumelles Rosalie et Eugénie
Catherine Davenier ...
Anouk - la secrétaire
Vincent Schmitt ...
Bernard - le prof de maths
Jacques Bosc ...
Monsieur Garcia - le père de Claude
Stéphanie Campion ...
La première femme au balcon
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La deuxième femme au balcon
Ronny Pong ...
Le Chinois
Jana Bittnerova ...
La doublure de la jumelle
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A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. Written by Production

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$35,214 (USA) (19 April 2013)

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Ernst Umhauer said this about the character he plays in the movie: "He confuses his writing with reality and turns everything in his path upside-down. He has no distance, it takes him a long time to realize his words are stinging and can do damage. He's smart, but not very conscious of his responsibility". See more »

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(at around 1h 35 mins) While Claude is walking through park, his hair is parted on different sides between shots. See more »

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Smartly done, tightly woven, fiction bending
6 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the House (2012)

Another curious reality shifting movie in the most subtle and old fashioned of ways—the realism of good fiction. A young writer creates a reality in his essays that is shown as if real on screen. The characters around the writer, and within the fictional story, get intertwined because they are all the same. This game of deception is coy but also witty and warm, and it's a fun, genuine movie.

I'm not sure how much logic you should try to apply to things here. I assume they have it worked out perfectly, but watching it lightly the layers of reality get necessarily confusing. In a way this doesn't matter, because you get the general drift.

Which is this: a literature teacher in high school has a talented student, Claude, who writes fictional essays about real people. One is another student, Rapha, and we see events in this other student's house because of the writing (and have to guess whether or not those events are fact or fiction).

The teacher talks to Claude about the content, wondering if it's fair to lay open Rapha's life, and the student smartly says that it was written for the teacher alone. This brings the teacher into the story in ways he doesn't suspect. It also shows the audience that Claude is outfoxing his teacher and we are going to see a game played as Claude's writings raise reactions in the teacher that affect the fictional plot. Or is it the actual plot? Or both?

Exactly.

The director, Francois Ozon, is no stranger to this type of game playing. The famous earlier film of his in the U.S. is "Swimming Pool," a remake of an earlier film that has the same tricks played on the audience. It's never quite enough to have this slippery reality be the basis of a movie, and in "Swimming Pool" the events became quite dramatic and psychologically interesting. The ambitions for "In the House" are smaller and less chilling, and in a way less effective, but also less sensationalist and more believable. We have here more of an ensemble piece, a charmer, a play brought to the screen.

And it does rise above mere literary cleverness because of the leading man, the teacher, played by Fabrice Luchini, who will be familiar even to American audiences. His wife is the dependable Kristin Scott Thomas (speaking in French). The two of them make a likable intellectual couple (and her own role as an contemporary art dealer plays a small part in the plot). The way they talk about Claude's regular installments is how we get to think about the interweaving of realities.

And does it ever get interwoven. Keep track of it is you can. Otherwise, just enjoy the show.


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