A poignant and funny comedy of manners that follows the interaction of a frustrated high school French teacher and his prize student.
| Original Score: B+
The director and the audience are drawn together as voyeurs imposing our narratives on what we see on the screen as we do when organising the world around us.
With Ozon's usual sharp writing and direction, this black comedy is a fabulous series of provocations, challenging us to explore how we see, or perhaps imagine, the people in our lives.
| Original Score: 4/5
[A] fluently made and brilliantly acted treatise on teaching, storytelling and the class divide.
An elegant, sophisticated black comedy thriller with a lot to say about storytelling, control and manipulation of the truth.
It's a little too wordy and under-plotted for my liking but stylishly done.
| Original Score: 3/5
Acrobatic wordplay only hides the vapidity so much.
| Original Score: 2/5
Fact and fiction collide messily in a film that will be a treat for Ozon fans, which boasts an impressive breakthrough performance from one-to-watch Ernst Umhauer.
A black-comic psychological drama with poise and self-possession. Featuring Fabrice Luchini and Kristin Scott Thomas, how could it have anything else?
It's a scintillating intellectual tease, rigorously controlled, but terrific fun at the same time.
Ozon, for all the prettiness of his comic and visual grace notes, runs out of ideas.
An ambitious, beautiful looking movie with the underlying theme that if you want to get on in life sooner or later you have to start to experience it for good or bad.
Impressively directed and darkly funny, this is a hugely enjoyable French black comedy with a clever, thought-provoking script and terrific performances from a note-perfect cast.
A witty, naughty, insight-packed provocation which never takes its seriousness too seriously.
Ozon weaves another spellbinding tale that mingles the real and imaginery with terrific effect.
| Original Score: 5/5
Utterly assured, breathtakingly executed and riotously funny, this is a delight.
A bold and refreshingly original French film about story, writing, imagination, creativity, sexuality, and breaking rules.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
With its exploration of voyeurism and manipulation, In the House covers similar territory to Ozon's earlier Swimming Pool, but is distinguished by its crafty sense of humour.
Francois Ozon's interplay between narrative and meta-narrative girds this smart if occasionally too-precious drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A script with razor sharp wit, effective and unobtrusive direction and fine performances from the key leads all help ensure this is one of, if not the finest of Ozon's films to date.