Montag, 10. Dezember 2012

Dans la maison (In the House)

François Ozon's "Dans la maison (In the House)" has a beautifully layered and devilishly clever script that, some occasional over-the-top missteps and a rather faint ending aside, deftly plays with the line between fiction/reality and explores the seductive power of manipulation.

The French auteur's direction further toys with audience perception by injecting unexpected shots of theatricality into the picture and blends the absurd with the truly hair-raising to good effect. Young star Ernst Umhauer delivers a charismatic turn as the cunning pupil with a voyeuristic urge bordering on destructive obsession.

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