In the House


In the House

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Dark, tense, and wryly funny, In the House is brilliantly directed by François Ozon and features fine performances from its talented cast.



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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. (c) Cohen Media

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Critic Reviews for In the House

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  • In the House is a tour de force about two yarn-spinners -- Claude and Germain -- whose lives devolve into chaos.

    Mar 3, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The film treats imagination-and talent-in certain hands as an almost mystical force.

    Jun 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Ozon and the script move a little too far afield and hold on a bit too long as the film approaches its end. Still, "In the House" has enough trippy truth to it to grab your interest and shake your mind.

    May 24, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • It's fiction about life that becomes fiction that might be life - and the viewer happily dives in.

    May 16, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • The expected punch line... never materializes, so I guess this must be a drama after all.

    May 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Savor In the House for its meta-exploration of adolescence, class resentment and suppressed desire, but don't expect much more.

    May 10, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for In the House

A smart and fascinating drama that ingeniously dissolves the barrier that separates fiction from reality as we witness a talented teenager using a curious ploy to draw his intrigued teacher into a witty meta-discussion on the production of a narrative work.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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'In the House'. A twisted, voyeuristic, and so, so meta take on manipulation and perception! Went a little too off the rails towards my end and drained some of my enthusiasm for it.


Super Reviewer

A bored teacher encourages a promising young student to write a story that results in him insinuating himself into the life of a middle class classmate for inspiration. In The House is one of those self aware deconstructions of the creative process, coming across as a kind of blending of Adaptation and The Lives Of Others. The core of the story is essentially the symbiotic relationship between story teller and his audience whose voyeuristic appetites are represented by the teacher whose need for an engaging narrative rather than the dreariness of day-to-day life result in unfortunate repercussions for all involved. The manipulative young student reminded me somewhat of the characters in Funny Games, although the approach is far more artistic rather than sadistic and Ernst Umhauer's performance has just the right combination of vulnerability and creepiness. The story does not have quite the impact it could have as his motivations are never fully explored but the final "Rear Window" scene is a really nice touch and it's a smart and intelligent little comic drama that will appeal to fans of Charlie Kaufman.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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Did not leave an impression whatsoever. Ernst Umhauer's character annoyed the crap out of me. I saw it in the theater a couple of weeks ago, but I can't and don't care to remember what it was about.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

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