A conventional French family lives in apparent harmony until one day the father brings home a pet rat. One by one, as they come into contact with the rat, each member of the family goes to pieces and their hidden sexual and psychological perversions are exposed. An outrageous farce that shatters the façade of the bourgeoisie and takes an irreverent swipe at the “family values” of the average sitcom.
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I was very attracted by the idea of mixing people who were unlikely to have worked together before. It had an experimental flavour which worried me somewhat, but I think it gave the film its interest. The characters exist because they’re so dissimilar and pushed to their extremes. They function on the basis of archetypes without being monolithic. They are all ambivalent. Sophie is sweet yet terrifying, the mother is out of her depth but does her “Mother Courage” act, the father is distant and depressive, Lucia changes her appearance in every scene...“Sitcom” works on the idea of identity and that everything is possible. We’re constantly wondering where the film is going and who’s going to end up in bed with who. It works in a similar way to an interactive film, which brings us back to the sitcom genre. (François Ozon)