Details revealed about Ozon’s Dans La Maison
by Fabien Lemercier
18/10/2011 - The plot of the thirteenth feature by François Ozon [pictured], Dans La Maison (“In the House”), which was shot over eight weeks in August and September, has been kept secret until now. According to our sources, the director has apparently chosen to adapt a stage play, for the fourth time in his career after Water Drops on Burning Rocks, 8 Women [trailer] and his latest outing Potiche [trailer] (2.3m admissions in France and 1.7m in the rest of the world).
The comedy drama Dans La Maison is indeed adapted from Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga’s work The Boy in the Last Row. The film’s cast includes Fabrice Luchini (Service Entrance [trailer]), Kristin Scott-Thomas (Sarah’s Key [trailer] and soon to be seen in The Woman in the Fifth [trailer]), Emmanuelle Seigner (who appeared in Essential Killing [trailer, film focus] and has just shot A Few Hours of Spring), Denis Ménochet (currently on screens in Skylab [trailer] and soon to be seen in Special Forces and The Adopted) and young thesps Ernst Umhauer and Bastien Ughetto.
Scripted by the director, the film opens with a French teacher who is feeling disheartened by his new pupils’ schoolwork. But one of them, who prefers to keep a low profile in the last row, shows a sharp sense of observation, and even subtle voyeurism. He also interests one of his classmates whose family exerts a strange fascination over him.
Encouraged by the teacher, he continues to write a serialised essay, delving into the world of this family, and that of the teacher. In a subtle game, reality and fiction become entangled to the point of merging. But what dark intentions is this young man hiding and how far will he go with his scheming?
Dans La Maison is produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer for Mandarin Cinéma (collaborating with Ozon for the second time after Potiche) for around €9.2m. The budget includes co-production support from France 2 Cinéma and Mars Films (who will release the film in France on December 13, 2012), and pre-acquisitions from Canal+ and Ciné+. International sales are being handled by Wild Bunch.
Mandarin Cinéma has also clocked up 716,000 admissions in France this year with The Conquest [trailer] (unveiled out of competition at Cannes) and currently has A Happy Event [trailer] in theatres.
(Translated from French)