"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Sep 242013

photo for In the House French master filmmaker Francois Ozon (“Young & Beautiful”, “Potiche,” “Hideaway,” “Angel,” “Swimming Pool,” “Under the Sand”) again pushes the boundaries of storytelling with this genre-busting mystery-thriller-romance about the intrigues created by a 16-year-old student, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), who comes to the fore in a writing class taught by a bored, middle-aged, failed writer, Germain (Fabrice Luchini). When Claude comes up with a short story written about how he has schemed his way into the house of a schoolmate and seen things not meant for outsiders’ eyes, he seduces German and his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) into what becomes an ongoing tale, creating a multi-layered saga that pushes at imagination, reality and fantasy, threatening to suck the pair into the saga as characters in Claude’s own story. It’s suspenseful, disturbing and a heck of a lot of fun. In French with English subtitles. Extras include a making-of documentary and deleted scenes. Vitals: Director: Francois Ozon. Stars: Ernst Umhauer, Fabrice Luchini, Emmanuelle Seigner, Kristin Scott Thomas, Denis Menochet. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 105 min., Mystery Thriller, Box office gross: $.354 million, Cohen Media Group. 3 stars

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