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

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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

Germain: They say the barbarians are coming. But THEY ARE HERE, in our classrooms!
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The opening credits are shown as if they were hand-written on graph paper. See more »

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References Teorema (1968) See more »

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March in D major K.445
Compose par Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A Mozart)
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Avec l'aimable autorisation de UPPM France
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Fabrics of fiction and reality overlap in this voyeuristic experiment. Captivating!
14 April 2013 | by aequus314See all my reviews

For his thirteenth feature film, French New Wave director Francois Ozon has outdone all acclaim given to his 2002 remake of "8 Women" with a mischievous and dysfunctional tale, of what can be perceived as… coming-of-age.

A black comedy conflated with so much grandeur from literary greats to post-modern poioumena, you cannot help but wave the white flag and just go along in service of jest and sheer curiosity.

Adapted from a brilliant play written by Juan Mayorgo, this film is a meta-narrative centered on Claude Garcia (Ernst Umhauer) -- a sixteen year old loner who intrudes upon the home life of fellow student Rapha Jr., and writes about it. What begins as a one-off weekend assignment for literature class, escalates with great passion and frequency when Claude's teacher, Germaine (Fabrice Luchini) detects flashes of talent and decides to groom the teenager.

Here, Ozon proposes a three-fold narrative weaving through the surface of three realities -- Germaine's growing obsession with Claude's story imitates the viewers' relationship with Ozon's film (and perhaps soap opera addiction), and Claude as a self-conscious narrator of the events occurring inside Rapha's house.

When the film begins, Claude is unhappy with a lonely life and clearly needs to distract himself with wholesome family warmth. Having witnessed Rapha's close relationship with parents Rapha Sr. and Esther at the school gate, strikes a friendship with the boy when semester begins. Establishing himself as a math tutor and study mate, Claude quickly wins their affection and trust. Thrilled by this opportunity to experience life with a sense of belonging, yet predisposed to primitive urge, Claude's desire swells into furtive yearning for Esther. And naturally, things get complicated.

As Germaine's involvement with Claude's writing departs from passive reader, to that of a story-telling coach superimposing rules of dramatic structure, it occurs to the viewer that he may very well be a shaping hand in the outcome of this voyeuristic experiment.

Of course, the fabrics of fiction and reality overlap but they do not confuse -- the satirical logic unfolds in ways that are thought- provoking, humorous and downright captivating.

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