Went with Alan+Gareth to see this psychological Francois Ozon film yesterday afternoon. At times, it felt like watching a Woody Allen movie. High school teacher Germain (very well played by Fabrice Luchini) is bored by his job and depressed by the lack of imagination (and effort!) shown by his French literature students… but encouraged by the creative-writing assignments of one talented 16-year-old pupil who writes about his attempts to wheedle his way into the middle-class home of a classmate. It becomes a matter of rather uncomfortable classroom voyeurism (with comic elements)… the boy’s fascination with his classmates beautiful mother (Esther, played by Emmanuelle Seigner)… and, ultimately, affects Germain’s own job and marriage (he’s married to Kirsten Scott Thomas!).In the end, I really didn’t know what to make of it… and came away feeling ultimately disappointed.
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