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No one does it to you like Roman Polanski.
A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill himself.
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“What if she gets better?” “Don’t worry, she won’t get better.”
Nature, it is said, abhors a vacuum. If my cat’s reaction to my Dyson is any indication, this axiom is unimpeachably true. The maxim is usually attributed to Aristotle (in the appealingly macabre form of “horror vacui”), who believed that any theoretical void would be filled by surrounding material, instantly wiping it out. Nothing—the absence of something—cannot really exist, for something will always take nothing’s place.
This ancient principle underlies Roman Polanski’s The Tenant, the third and final entry in his so-called “Apartment Trilogy” (after Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby). Each of the trilogy's films brilliantly explores the disadvantages and incipient paranoia of close-quarters city dwelling (paranoia…
Roman Polanski's The Tenant builds a myriad of psychological layers around the director cast in the central role of Trelkovsky. It is a film often grouped together with Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion under the 'apartment trilogy' banner although this film develops into far more mysterious and complicated film than the other two.
His decision to cast himself as the films protagonist is an odd one given his lack of prominence infront of the lens previously. Only twelve months later he would face a life defining moment with accusations of rape reshaping his artistic approach. As such it is suggested that The Tenant is heavily autobiographical.
Polanski makes it crystal clear that this timid newcomer to the building is struggling to…
I'm so tired of crossdressing being depicted as a sign of insanity. How would you like it if every fucking film you watched had, I dunno what you are, but whatever you are as a sign of insanity? Fucking hell.
October count: 26/31.
so here's a strange story.
i watched this today assuming that i had never before seen "the tenant", but i wanted to finish polanski's "apartment trilogy," especially because i love "repulsion" and "rosemary's baby."
at first i found "the tenant" unfamiliar - and to be honest, kind of dull - but then it began getting weirder...more uncanny.
which is to say, more familiar in its unfamiliarity.
something (may have?) clicked.
when polanski reveals the tenant, trelkovsky, to be a cross-dresser (posing as a former tenant), i realized that this is a film that may've haunted me for years.
i saw a similar movie on t.v., probably when i was about 12 or 13, and i have never forgotten its manic…
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I tried to watch this once, years ago but I fell asleep and had no interest in watching it again after that initial attempt. Fast forward years later and I've finally watched it in it's entirety, especially after the urging of some friends to give it another chance.
I was mildly disappointed by The Tenant, the slow start was a little on the sluggish side for my tastes. The second hour really picked up in the bizarre and often creepy area that I expected from the first hour of the film. I'm not opposed to the random inserts of comedy we experience, that wasn't my problem at all with the first half, I think I just wanted more development when…
The Tenant, Roman Polanski's last film in his Apartment Trilogy must be the craziest of them all. It's a very strange film I think. It hops from a fun and whimsical tone to a truly bizarre and psychologically twisted one. Trelkovsky (played by Roman Polanski) slowly by slowly finds out that his neighbours in his new apartment building are extremely unaccommodating, very creepy and occasionally awkward. He is being assaulted mentally and tries to play them at their own game. Without spoiling it, this has a various results. Anyway, for me The Tenant reinforced the fact Roman Polanski is not just a master behind the camera, but that he's also a solid and good actor on his own. I thought…
this was a very good and trippy movie and very surreal ....this movie had a lot of interesting twist and turns and really drew you into this film....i like this and other Roman Polanski movies as well despite his troubled and turbulent life he indeed is a genius film maker
Inquietante, paranoica, claustrofóbica, sucia, siniestra... Otra pesadilla de la mano de Polanski.
The world and the horrors might have evolved since 1976, but us, the tenants - passing by - have remained the same, in stasis with the horrors of being and having to co-exist in a crumbling house that does not know or care whether we exist or not.
Was he crazy from the beginning? Projecting inner demons on others
not Polanski’s first English language film, so I suppose the outlandish phrases and abrasive characters had something to do with the aesthetic – which is misguided and sucky. makes for a mostly unbearable first hour and while the good stuff - and there's plenty of it - does begin to surface later on, it feels unearned.
Interesting ideas about gender and sexuality presented in a tedious manner.
So beautiful, so understated, so strange. And the best cinematic scream I have ever seen.
Irregular paranoia la tercera parte de la llamada Trilogía de los apartamentos. Pese a contar con una fotografía —Nykvist, quién si no— y una banda sonora a la altura de la historia, Polanski no consigue aquí ni la tensión ni el suspense patentes en Repulsion o Rosemary's Baby, que sí que llegaron a atraparme e inquietarme.
Le cuesta despegar y la amalgama final de travestismo, miembros sueltos y humor negro es demasiado excesiva, queriendo, quizá, arreglar una primera parte de la película muy lejos del nivel al que acostumbra el propio Polanski.
Spectacularly well made and creepy... with great performances, and an incredibly twisted sexual bent at the end. Polanski is terrific.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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