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Movie Review

Teaching, writing, and voyeurism ‘In the House’

Voyeurism class is in session throughout “In the House,” the latest from French provocateur François Ozon (“Swimming Pool”). Not that it’s necessarily clear who’s doing the schooling and who’s being schooled in this slyly warped student-and-teacher yarn.

Fabrice Luchini (Ozon’s “Potiche”) plays Germain, a persnickety high school writing instructor whose burnout might escape his principal’s notice but not ours. “Reactionary philosophers predict a barbarian invasion,” he harrumphs to his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas, showing off her French again). “They’re already among us, in our classrooms!” His tedium is broken only by essays from a new student, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), a smirkingly enigmatic kid fixated on an unremarkable classmate, Rapha (Bastien Ughetto), and the boy’s parents (Emmanuelle Seigner, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” and Denis Ménochet, “Inglourious Basterds”).

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