Conclusion: In the House asks many more questions than it ultimately answers, but that's part of what makes this film so incredibly provocative. Ozon seems to be telling one story, but it soon becomes obvious that the filmmaker is actually leading the viewer on a "meta" quest which in some ways is reminiscent of another legendary French filmmaker— Jean-Luc Godard.
Conclusion: In the House is the best film Francois Ozon has directed since Time to Leave . I enjoyed every single minute of it. Momentum Pictures/Entertainment One's technical presentation is wonderful - the film looks and sounds terrific on Blu-ray. If you enjoy intelligent and provocative films, do not miss this one. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
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.