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Dans la maison (2012)

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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.

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

Juan Mayorga (play), François Ozon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Germain Germain
Ernst Umhauer Ernst Umhauer ... Claude Garcia
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Jeanne Germain
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Esther Artole
Denis Ménochet ... Rapha Artole père
Bastien Ughetto Bastien Ughetto ... Rapha Artole fils
Jean-François Balmer ... Le proviseur du lycée Gustave Flaubert
Yolande Moreau ... Les jumelles Rosalie et Eugénie
Catherine Davenier Catherine Davenier ... Anouk - la secrétaire
Vincent Schmitt Vincent Schmitt ... Bernard - le prof de maths
Jacques Bosc Jacques Bosc ... Monsieur Garcia - le père de Claude
Stéphanie Campion ... La première femme au balcon
Diana Stewart ... La deuxième femme au balcon
Ronny Pong Ronny Pong ... Le Chinois
Jana Bittnerova Jana Bittnerova ... La doublure de la jumelle
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Storyline

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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There's always a way in.


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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 October 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En la casa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,214, 21 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$354,244, 26 May 2013
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emmanuelle Seigner & Kristin Scott Thomas starred together in Bitter Moon (1992). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jeanne Germain: [subtitled version] Tolstoy. I hate Russians. I have only read the first and the last pages of Anna Karenina.
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References Teorema (1968) See more »

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a perfect balance between suspense and entertainment
7 May 2013 | by yris2002See all my reviews

There are certainly many meanings underneath the veil of comedy of this movie. Indeed, defining "Dans la maison" a comedy would be reductive, in the same way as thriller sounds out of tune. And it's really difficult to assign a precise category to it. It's a multifaceted movie, showing different levels of interpretation. From the point of view of the teacher, it's a subtle reflection of a middle aged failed man, who has to come to terms with his failure as a writer, and his incapability to inspire enthusiasm in class of bored students. From the point of view of the wives, it's a refined portrait of middle aged unsatisfied women, and their need to find any kind of escape or consolation. But above all, the movie offers a lucid and intelligent gaze on people's voyeuristic curiosity, on how much we are ready to do in order to see what happens behind closed doors and walls, and here the pair teacher-student works perfectly, and develops through the quick-paced writing of a story where the boundaries between reality and fiction become more and more faded, thus making it intriguing and engrossing. On this aspect, the movie is also a reflection on the process itself of artistic creation, which can seduce the reader or the viewer with an incredible power of attraction. A movie which certainly offers a perfect balance between suspense and entertainment, supported by a talented young and mature cast, involving the viewer till the utmost, and moving us to an unpredictable and gripping finale.


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