In the House 

Drama | French with English subtitles | 105 minutes

Info

Germain is a middle-aged  teacher in a French high school. Complaining to his wife, Jeanne, Germain tells her   Claude is the only student in his class with the potential of writing good fiction.  Germain decides to privately tutor Claude. Claude gets a job tutoring math to  Rapha, a slow classmate. The tutoring takes place in Rapha’s home where Claude comes in contact with Esther, Rapha’s gorgeous, sexy mother. As Claude imagines having a sexual encounter with Esther, he expresses these fantasies in his writing assignment. Germain reads Claude’s assignment to his wife Jeanne and they both become intrigued, aroused,  shocked! Germain encourages Claude to continue writing  what he is fantasizing. Soon, Claude fulfills his fantasies and has sex not   only with Esther, but  with Germain’s wife, Jeanne. As typical with Ozon, all the loose ends  are never completely resolved.

Cast
Ernst Umhauer (Claude) / Fabrice Luchini (Germain) / Kristin Scott Thomas (Jeanne) / Emmanuelle Seigner (Esther) / Bastien Ughetto (Rapha)
Why Stream This Film?
A great Ozon film filled with acerbic dialogue, sexual fantasies, and the imaginings of a precocious 16-year-old boy and his enabling English teacher.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
  • Metacritic Score: 72
Accolades
  • César Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Director (François Ozon); Best Screenplay (François Ozon); Best Promising Actor (Ernst Luchini)
  • Toronto International Film Festival: Winner, International Critics Award)
  • London Film Festival: Nominated, Best Film
IN the HOUSE, from the eclectic French filmmaker François Ozon, is an almost perverse delight, an egghead thriller that slyly shell-games its truer purpose. Sympathies shift but in the end there’s only one person perfectly in charge here, and that’s Ozon.
Kimberley Jones

The Austin Chronicle

French writer-director François Ozon invades the sanctity of the home with frisky, acerbic stories that lay bare the fragile nature of domestic tranquility.
Jared Eisenstat

Film Comment

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