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Anton Yelchin

Less quirkiness would build a better 'House'

House of D, actor David Duchovny's debut as a writer-director, is too precious by at least half.

It's a film filled with quirky characters -- a mentally challenged janitor, a prisoner who tosses jewels of wisdom out the window of her second-story cell, a priest who emphasizes his Bible teachings by forming his fingers into quotation marks, a French teacher who doesn't realize her students are goading her into unintentionally saying naughty words -- in service to a story that isn't nearly as insightful or poignant as it thinks.

All this, and its plausibility hinges on whether a woman -- even a French woman -- can be married to her husband for at least 13 years and not know...

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