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DANS LA MAISON (IN THE HOUSE)


"Dans La Maison" by Francois Ozon, Don Quijote winner Tromso International film festival 2013
Orginal title: DANS LA MAISON.
Director: François Ozon.
Screenplay: François Ozon .
Photography: Jérôme Alméras.
Actors: Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Denis Ménochet.
Run time: 1 hour 45 min.
Year: 2012.
Country: France.
Producer: Eric Altmeyer, Nicolas Altmeyer, Claudie Ossard.
Sales: Wild Bunch

Many opposites are played out in François Ozon’s latest thriller IN THE HOUSE: teacher/student, reality/fiction, inspiration/fatigue, isolation/fellowship, prudence/sexuality. 16 year-old Claude makes friends with his class mate Rapha, and through his school writings he portrays the friendship and growing acceptance into Rapha's family and middle class home. His teacher Garmain is impressed by Claude's literary talent, and spurs him to go ever further in using Rapha's family as inspiration. As Claude's research and intervention into Rapha's home gets more and more daring, Garmain finds it difficult to justify his tutoring.

Despite its serious themes – manipulation, voyeurism, class issues – there is much humor to IN THE HOUSE. François Ozon gives his main characters a comic streak (especially through their ranting on about Life and Art) and shows us what might happen if a pupil’s creativity goes even beyond the teacher's wildest imagination.

Director info:
François Ozon (b. 1967) studied directing at the renowned French film school La Fémis. Several of his films have screened in Norwegian cinemas, and Ozon has won a number of awards – most recently, IN THE HOUSE won the Golden Shell and a screenplay award at the 2012 San Sebastian International Film Festival.