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In the House (15)

In the House (15)

Mystery, Thriller

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. Read more …

Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.

The critical consensus

It's a tale that could be played for laughs or squeezed for maximum tension and Ozon does both, neatly working multiple layers of intrigue and perfectly timed surprises into his screenplay.

****(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 22/03/2013

Seductive, playful and psychologically dark, but ultimately a piece of arthouse voyeurism.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 24/03/2013

Civilised French comedy thriller.

****(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 29/03/2013

Ozon weaves another spellbinding tale that mingles the real and imaginery with terrific effect.

*****Guy Lodge, Empire Online, 25/03/2013

Instead of turning the narrative screw, In the House merely lollops to a halt, leaving the story not so much unresolved as incomplete.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 28/03/2013

A clever, witty elegantly effective French drama.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 28/03/2013

In the House is always diverting, but it becomes more like one of the light, slight strands of a recent Woody Allen film than the devastating mind-bender it might have been. In its last half-hour, Luchini keeps telling his pupil that his story needs a better ending. Most viewers will be thinking much the same.

***(*)(*)Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 30/03/2013

The movie’s plot veers away from Hitchcock as often as it brings him to mind, but what the director manages artistically is a similar blend of the compulsive and the questioning – he holds up an idea and lets you contemplate it from every angle. You may find yourself straining to get the best view in the house.

****(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 28/03/2013

Unthreatening, but still enjoyable.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/03/2013

Acrobatic wordplay only hides the vapidity so much.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 28/03/2013

Ozon's new film, the teasing comedy In the House, touches on a number of his recurrent concerns, among them the nature of creativity and stories within stories, and it is, I think, his best work to date.

Philip French, The Observer, 31/03/2013

One of French cinema’s foremost enfants terribles here finally grows up: this elegant and eloquent film weighs its words and images with commendably mature precision.

****(*)Mike McCahill, The Telegraph, 04/04/2013

Features about In the House (15)

Profile: Francois Ozon, director of In the House

Tom Dawson, The List, 08/03/2013

Francois Ozon: 'I'll admit I'm a little big twisted'

Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 28/03/2013

Francois Ozon: Why I Love British Actresses

Nick Hasted, Little White Lies, 28/03/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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