taking cue from the "exterminating angel" genre of films, somewhere between "teorema" (which i haven't seen) and "visitor Q" (which i can't unsee) this one skews closer to the freudian taboo blasphemy of Miike than Bunuel or others have done....would watch it again, but not a favorite...
Sit-coms are similar to lab rat experiments--a group of people in a confined area are put into various situations. Sit-coms also rarely have lasting change occur, so they can broadcast indefinitely. Here we've got a sit-com where Father Doesn't Know Best and all the taboos of the patriarchy manage to be dismantled in 77 minutes. Maybe in the hands of Almodovar, the surreal tone could have worked. Here it doesn't.
This movie takes the idea of Murphy's Law and narrows down to a average French Family. Throughout "Sitcom" a family pet affects each member differently. Through these new interactions you learn so much about the that persons self and how the others around them are affected. The characters take turns on who is going through more change after their rat encounter. The ending threw me off and is worth a rewatch for me.
Every filmmaker has to start somewhere, and for Francois Ozon it was Bunuel via John Waters. An amusing film about a bourgeois family turned into polymorphously perverse psychopaths under the baleful red eyes of their pet mouse. Not sure how (or why) a solitary rodent would have this effect on middle class lives, but I enjoyed the premise and the doll's house set in which the depravity take place.
This is a film that has no siblings. It is extreme, sexual, provocative, and complex. I highly recommend watching this film as it will not be found on any non-specialized film venue. In many ways Ozon has pushed past Noe here and entered a place too strong for the mainstream.
first of all, 4 stars from me just becasue of the name, Ozon. the film is "quite good" although still very harsh for now, in the year 2015. so classic, the "abnormal" dies and everybody else remain "happy". good start-up but not the best of ozon of course -on the other hand, for mubi turkey, one of the worst screen as ad, one of the worst abstract for the film-
Dreadful. I can't believe I used to like Ozon. I feel bad having wasted 80 minutes of my life on this merde. His last film, "In The House", was pretty bad, too. If he's trying to be Solondz, or Bunuel, or whatever,..this just doesn't cut it. Cheap perversions with shallow characters are not enough to make for a successful dark comedy. I'm done with this film maker.