Dans la Maison (2012)/In the House

François Ozon et Kristin Scott Thomas à TIFF 2012.

Il faut faire attention! et préparez-vous à transformer et à motiver en cherchant les résultats.

Je suis un grand fan du réalisateur François OZON; il a commencé avec Swimming Pool (2003). Pour ses films, il s’agit toujours des mystères et des rébus ce que nous demandons d’en solver en accordant de nos thèories. C’est-à-dire faire votre propre(s) conculsion(s). Donc, voici Dans La Maison (2012) nous offre le même défi.

En court, un ancien écrivan,Germain (Fabrice Luchini), qu’il travail comme enseignant dans un lycée. C’est un nouveau job dans un nouveau lieu sous le nouveau régime où tous les élèves s’habillent en uniforme pour la prémiere fois. Je me demande, pour Germain, si c’est comme “if you can’t do it, teach!”, car son seul oeuvre l’a été publié il y a 20 ans.

Sa femme, Jeanne (Kristin Scott Thomas) (moi, grand admirateur!), est conservatrice d’une galerie: La Labryinthe du Minotaur; mais la place ne mésure que 500 p.c. ! Ah! l’impression ou l’expression et la vérité ne jamais sont pareil? NON! Voyez-vous, un jeu de nuance qui marque le style d’OZON: Sous le Sable (2000);8 femmes (2002), Swimming Pool (2003), etc. Jeanne pourra mettre en licencement si elle ne fait pas de ventes des beaux arts. (lots of social references between the rich and the middle-class… as expected with a French film)

Claude(Ernst Umhauer), un élève encouragé par Germain de mâtriser l’art de l’écriture. Il lui appele “maestro”!

I mean I can go on and on and analyze this film as much as I like and as much as the director wants us to, but perhaps I will just highlight the most memorable scenes:

1) In the gallery, Jeanne explains to Germain that there is no tangible painting that he can see, but instead he is given a tape-recorder and headphones, so that he will form the painting in his mind as the painter describes his painting in audio. (Perhaps, making fun of audio books?! or parallel our experience when we read a book, i.e.,we create the looks and feels of the characters)

2) Germain gets inside the narrations of Claude telling him how ridiculous his verses are and that he presents a poem to a middle-aged-woman-who-knows-little-but-decoration…(he sees literature as a higher form of intelligence, understood by few, especially not the typical middle-class)

3) the homework about adjectives! (He is teaching how adjectives can make characters become alive)

In a nutshell, the film is asking us when we read a book how do we know the writer is telling the truth, i.e., verbatim, or in reality, he mixes his imaginations in it? If so, does that mean he is trying to manipulate us to go down the wrong path that he wants and then surprise us with a totally different outcome? What about the strategy to make us care about the story? My take is unless we are in the house at the same time with the writer we will never know. Even so, his and mine versions will certainly be different! Brilliantly, flipping to an amateur writer’s perspective, this film can be masterclass seminar in creative writing!

So many layers! love it.

MUST WATCH!

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