Masterful drama/thriller/comedy whatever. The plot is pretty nifty and manages to blend the mundane, the absurd and the disturbing parts of the story nicely. The characters are interesting but somwhat shallow and could have been explored more to greater effect. Still I really enjoy when euro filmmakers play with Hollywood-esque conventions to make these "almost-kind-of-thrillers".
Ottima e divertente la prima parte, si avverte il potere della storia e dell'immaginazione di Claude. Nella seconda il ritmo cala, la storia si fa leggermente patetica e nel finale sbarella completamente. Un peccato. Rimane sicuramente un bel film ma fin troppo ricamato.
It had a weird tone: sometimes it felt like a drama, then a satire, then almost a thriller... But never properly filling the requirements of a cohesive style. The plot was ok, the dynamic between student and teacher had some nice moments about it, and so did the voyeuristic approach to this mid-class family. However, to me, it was never thrilling or engaging enough as I kept on waiting for something big to happen...
A few turn of events were a bit strained for my taste, however the film showed a beneficial funny side, having the ability to provoke us with its inventiveness and bitter end. Full Review and Rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/03/in-house-2012.html
Actually felt this was a lesser Ozon with a predictable outcome though it was often fun to watch. Script by Mayorga and Ozon is all about various levels of obsession and voyeurism. Whether it be the major characters obsession with infiltrating a family or living vicariously through youth; or with the supporting characters with china or remodelling. The young writer is a loathsome character but so then is his teacher.
I am not a massive fan of Director F. Ozon as his films often leave you with a taste of wet cigarette in the mouth, a slightly unpleasant feeling. What starts like a fun situation in a French high school with a literature teacher discovering a talented student quickly turns into the creepy story of a teenager trying to creep into people's houses and lives. I found some of the situations a bit too unrealistic...
Well, the trouble with the conceit of putting a character you freely admit to being a bad writer in charge of the narrative is that you end up with, you guessed it, a poorly ploted story. And if desire is to be the driving motivator behind this mess of implausibility, I could not detect a single genuine drop here. The one thing I did enjoy was Fabrice Luchini sly, comic ways.
Certainly entertaining and occasionally provocative, but too much meta cleverness without requiring the viewer's emotional investment. From a storytelling perspective, it seems problematic to have the teacher's critical ethical decision occur in the first act.