Conclusion: There's something deliciously yet fleetingly smart about In the House , which at its best points to director FranÃ§ois Ozon -- not the first-rate filmmaker he once promised to be, but a reliable creator of actually elegant, actually inspired pastiches -- as a successor to the late, often great Claude Chabrol's obsession with the calm nihilism he saw permeating bourgeois existence.
Excerpt: It's been a good while since François Ozon ( Ricky ) made a movie that got me truly excited. In the intervening years between 5x2 and now, he has remained prolific, averaging nearly a move a year, and the actual quality of his work hasn't waned. They just haven't been as interesting or surprising as they once were. Last year, though, he returned to some old territory and reminded me why I fell in love with his work in the first place.
Summary: What is the qualitative difference between imaginative literature and "mere" reportage? That may seem like a question with an obvious answer, but is it? Some of our most iconic fiction writers were ones who were able to describe their times with almost journalistic fervor. Think of the great novels by Dickens, Hugo or Tolstoy—all rife with finely observed details that not only could have been real, in some cases they actually were , albeit tweaked slightly here or there...
Summary: Nominated for six Cesar Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Music, François Ozon's "Dans la maison" a.k.a "In the House" (2012) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Momentum Pictures/Entertainment One. The supplemental features on the disc include an original trailer for the film; bloopers; making of featurette; deleted scenes; and more. In French, with optional English and English SDH subtitles for the main feature.
Excerpt: In The White Album , Joan Didion wrote that we "tell ourselves stories in order to live," and, with the cheeky dark comedy In the House , bad-boy French auteur François Ozon flips that idea and sets out to confront characters whose lives, and the lives of those they spin yarns around, are twisted by the truth-seeking and illusion-creating narratives they obsess over.
Excerpt: François Ozon’s inventive, intense drama In The House bares the voyeurism inherent in all stories—and the class-consciousness inherent in voyeurism. Fabrice Luchini plays a bored, misanthropic high-school lit teacher who becomes fascinated by the creative-writing exercises being turned in by one of his lower-class students, Ernst Umhauer.
Summary: My high-school English teacher saw my literary quirks as something that needed to be nurtured, not amended – his intrigue into my characteristic idiosyncrasies being remarkably similar to those portrayed in Francois Ozon’s In the House . However, my teacher wasn’t a crotchety has-been/never-was and I certainly didn’t have any vivid desire to bang my best mate’s mum. Then again, that’s what makes this film so damn entertaining.
Excerpt: "In the House" cleverly and deliberately blurs the line between fact and fiction. As the plot develops, we are left to ponder what game is being played. This is a clever movie where the audience could feel as manipulated as any of the characters; is there a disquieting undertone of malevolence or was it imagined? After all, this is a witty story about story-telling and it is a good story well told. Inside, outside, and upside down.