François Ozon, 2012


François Ozon’s black comedy revisits Swimming Pool’s theme of the writer as voyeur. Intrigued by the literary talent of 16-year-old outsider Claude, ageing teacher Germain (Fabrice Luchini) devours the schoolboy’s accounts of infiltrating his classmate’s “normal family”.

The fiction of desire intrudes on reality. Failed writer Germain meanwhile channels Woody Allen. “People need stories,” Germain says – but Ozon’s film, like the stories it frames, struggles to find a satisfying end.

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