In the House
Drama | French with English subtitles | 105 minutes
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.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
- Metacritic Score: 72
- 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
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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.
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