In the House

He found his first visit to a pole-dancing club underwhelming.
He found his first visit to a pole-dancing club somewhat underwhelming.

Original title: Dans la maison

Germain is a French teacher. As in, he teaches French. In France. His students are mostly mediocre writers with the exception of the smart but poor Claude. Claude delivers a weekly, lightly fictionalised account of his efforts to insinuate himself into the happy middle-class family of his gormless classmate Rapha.

Germain, a failed writer himself, knows talent when he sees it and he’s soon hanging out for the next instalment – and finds himself drawn into the action in more ways than one.

Shown as part of the 2013 French Film Festival in Sydney, this is a witty and unpredictable study of the power of writing, based on a play by Juan Mayorga. So it’s unforgivable that the festival program doesn’t credit the writers of any of the films. In this case, though, the writer is also the director: François Ozon. 7/10

Limited screenings from March 9, 2013.

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