Sitcom (original title)
Unrated | 1h 25min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 May 1998 (France)
The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother’s discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister’s suicide attempt and sado-masochist tendencies, and the intrusion of a very free-spirited maid and her husband… And it all started with the arrival in the family of an innocent looking rat…
This film is, above all else, a farce. As a farce it works very well and is, in many parts, extremely funny. A regular in Ozon’s films, Lucia Sanchez, is excellent as the Spanish maid, and the mother is played to utter perfection by Evelyn Dandry. She is able to portray the utter frustration of any woman with teenage children. Ozon doesn’t really cut new ground with this film, with its theme of the disruption of French bourgeois family life, but I don’t think that he intends to. The film is funny on its own terms. The notion of Ozon being ‘naughty’ shines through. Of course, the utter beauty of Stephane Rideau makes the whole thing worthwhile by itself.
Director: François Ozon
Writer: François Ozon (scenario and dialogue)
Stars: Évelyne Dandry, François Marthouret, Marina de Van
Release Date: 27 May 1998 (France)