I'm a freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published June 27th 2014
In The House
Dans la maison (In the House) is a psychological dark comedy, which sends its viewers on a journey through the psyche of a mentally disturbed young man with a wildly sexual imagination and an intense obsession for the people around him.
The film centralises around a creative writing teacher, by the name of Germain, and one particular student, by the name of Claude, whose stories are so well written, they almost become bizarrely real and the teacher decides that he must do anything to help nurture his students uncanny gift.
Germain, is stuck in a rut, he despises his workmates' conventional methods of teaching and tries everything he can to reverse his students lack of imagination, while his wife, Jeanne, is off experimenting with different and shall we say sometimes heavily sexual exhibitions in an amateur avant-garde art gallery that she runs. They have no children together, so all Germain has are his boring students, until he discovers Claude.
Germain continues to become obsessed with Claude's writings, in which he has become utterly obsessed with a fellow student's family and has even started to write about having sexual relations with his new friend's mother and as the stories get more bizarre and just a bit disturbing, suddenly the stories start to be written about Germain and his wife!
While I enjoyed this film on a whole, I was also personally and increasingly disturbed by the ever creepy character of Claude, as the film progressed. That creep factor only rose and I left the cinema feeling quite distressed by the mind of this character.
Is it all just part of some young teenager boy's vivid imagination? Or is there something more sinister happening here?
In the House if rated MA 15 for strong sex scenes and sexual references.