In The House

“At once sly comedy and tense thriller, François Ozon’s IN THE HOUSE is a story about storytelling; about what can happen when we get lost inside a life that isn’t ours—and the viewer happily dives in. The great, hollow-eyed Fabrice Luchini (INTIMATE STRANGERS) stars as Germain, a bored English teacher coasting toward retirement. One day, his student Claude hands in a paper in which he describes being in his friend Rapha’s house, seeing things not intended for a visitor’s eyes. Germain chastises him, but Claude continues to write about what he sees in the house: his attraction to Rapha’s mother (Emmanuelle Seigner), the troubles of Rapha’s father (Denis Menochet), the “middle-class” life of the family. Germain becomes fascinated—as does his wife, Jeanne (Kristin Scott Thomas), reading over his shoulder. Worlds collide, truth mingles with writerly embellishment, and Germain starts popping up, in delicious Zelig-like fashion, in Claude’s stories. It’s layer upon layer, and it’s a pleasure, particularly Scott Thomas’ gimlet-eyed Jeanne….”—Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times. In French with English subtitles. R. 105 Min.

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