In the House
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.