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1,821 Ratings

In the House

Dans la maison

Directed by François Ozon
France, 2012
Drama, Comedy


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.

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In the House Directed by François Ozon

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

2012 | Winner: International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI)

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2012 | 3 wins including: Golden Seashell

César Awards

2013 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor

In the House" might well be called “In the Story” because that’s where it plays out: the house in the story and the story in the house. Ozon has great fun finding cinematic ways to toy with narrative devices, so that the house also becomes a metaphor for the story, with its various levels, compartments, pillars, stairways, partially open doors, mirrors and that Claude can use to observe what’s happening.
May 08, 2013
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I find its lessons on the lure of stories unenlightening, its fantasies utterly lacking in inventiveness, but I’m fascinated by its vision of a typical (or stereotypical) provincial French high school.
April 24, 2013
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…Ozon’s latest movie, In the House, at first suggests a return to the anarchic adolescent protagonists of his early films, whose uncontrollable desires were inextricably linked with destruction and mayhem… In the sixteen years since [See the Sea], Ozon has followed a clear trajectory: from épater to embrasser le bourgeoisie.
April 17, 2013
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