In the House

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

This off­beat French drama (part wry com­edy, part cryp­tic thriller) cen­tres on an enig­matic 16-year-old stu­dent (Ernst Umhauer) who, at his teacher’s (Fabrice Lu­chini) en­cour­age­ment, in­sin­u­ates him­self into his friend’s fam­ily to write a se­ries of in­creas­ingly in­tru­sive es­says. They say: In The House won best pic­ture at the 2012 San Se­bas­tian Film Fes­ti­val (one of the last fes­ti­vals with its rep­u­ta­tion in­tact) and wide praise from English lan­guage crit­ics for its skill­ful swirling of gen­res and au­da­cious premise. Wesay: Ex­ceed­ingly lit­er­ate and the most sat­is­fy­ing puz­zle yet from Swim­ming Pool di­rec­tor – and in­vet­er­ate game­player – Fran­cois Ozon, In The House ul­ti­mately falls short of de­liv­er­ing its early prom­ise. (Re­port, Page 12.) Run­ning time 105 min­utes. Screens at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, Nerang.



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