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Sitcom (1998)

The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother's discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister's suicide attempt and sado-masochist ... See full summary »

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François Ozon

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François Ozon (scenario and dialogue)
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Complete credited cast:
Évelyne Dandry Évelyne Dandry ... The mother / La mère (as Evelyne Dandry)
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... The father / Le père
Marina de Van Marina de Van ... Sophie
Adrien de Van Adrien de Van ... Nicolas
Stéphane Rideau Stéphane Rideau ... David
Lucia Sanchez Lucia Sanchez ... Maria
Jules-Emmanuel Eyoum Deido Jules-Emmanuel Eyoum Deido ... Abdu
Jean Douchet Jean Douchet ... Psychotherapist / Le psychothérapeute
Sébastien Charles Sébastien Charles ... Boy with the zucchinis / Le garçon aux courgettes
Vincent Vizioz Vincent Vizioz ... Guy with red hair / Le garçon aux cheveux rouges
Kiwani Cojo Kiwani Cojo ... Pierced guy / Le garçon au piercing
Gilles Frilay Gilles Frilay ... Guy with mustache / L'homme moustachu
Antoine Fischer Antoine Fischer ... Gregory / Le petit garçon
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The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother's discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister's suicide attempt and sado-masochist tendencies, and the intrusion of a very free-spirited maid and her husband... And it all started with the arrival in the family of an innocent looking rat... Written by Matthieu Navarro

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 May 1998 (France) See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Black farce version of Pasolini's "Theorem"
24 September 2003 | by meitschiSee all my reviews

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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