Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
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.
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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I just saw The Tenant again (I saw this film first as a teenager in the 80s under the title The Tenant so that's the title I'm most used to). There are very few films that capture paranoia better than The Tenant. I know many who suffer from paranoia (mostly because of my work) and I know how horrifying and disorienting it can be. Even dangerous at times. It is one of the hardest psychological disorders to deal with, and one of the most dangerous. End up on the wrong side of the dissolution and your life might be in danger.
My only complaint with this film is that Polanski orients us (the viewer) regularly. Telling us what's happening for…
A dark, grimy paranoia film that leaves a lot of room for interpretation and speculation. It's cool.
5/10: Another movie by Roman Polanski, whom also became the lead actor in this psychological thriller. Still feel it's a bit overrated with all the good reviews, cause for me it's just mediocre. Having said that, there are few scenes that are really a breakthrough in terms of movie direction.
Plays much better in the first half when the ambiguity hasn't yet turned into full-fledged paranoia; Polanski hits darkly comic, absurdist notes when it comes to the isolation of living in a strange place. It takes a nosedive, unfortunately, once the paranoia morphs into stock tropes; the hallucinations, the cross-dressing, etc - these aren't much more than a frivolous attempt to get a rise out of an audience, rather than a genuine character study (as Repulsion was). Polanski himself, as an actor, is visibly afraid to make mistakes and therefore doesn't want to chance extending himself dramatically.
Totally screwy, dark, tonally bang on.
I like it.
Overlong, needlessly ambiguous, and Mr. Polanski please stay behind the camera if you're not a skeezy lil gangster cuttin up people's noses.
Just an awesome horror movie. Seems to me like an alternative version of Rosemary’s Baby for its style and its playing with the magical mystery surrounding neighbors and old apartments. The atmosphere of movies are really the nº1 factor for me, I'm like a kid, the thing I love is the fantasy - and how I love the atmosphere of this one!
This movie talks about paranoia. At first we're all with the character, trying to figure things out and thinking what could be the cause of such weirdness. But with time it becomes clearer and clearer that the guy is loosing himself in madness. So the movie shifts from pure suspense and horror to a study of…
"If you cut off my head, what would I say... Me and my head, or me and my body? What right has my head to call itself me?" - Trelkovsky
"The Tenant", Roman Polanski's last film in the themed "Apartment Trilogy" is a psychological horror film that almost matches his earlier "Repulsion". Polanski yet again attacks the themes of manhood, group think, suicide, voyeurism, and an intrusive public.
Roman Polanski plays Treklovsky, a quiet man who seeks to live in an apartment where the last owner committed suicide. As soon as he moves in though, his neighbors are particularly sensitive to any noise coming from his apartment, causing him much angst. He also notices some suspicious activity like people staring…
My Isabelle Adjani crush deepens. Oh my god how much do I want her apartment in this movie! Also I think I'll put together a couple of outfits inspired by her character.
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Hugely weird horror film from Roman Polanski tells the story of a new tenant in creepy apartment building who thinks his neighbors are trying to kill him. Slow at first but builds a nice tension throughout with growing paranoia-as one would expect from this director-with a nicely circular plot and twisted ending at the film's finale.
Not as well executed or as frightening as something like "Rosemary's Baby" but still an exciting picture to see.
Required viewing for fans of Polanski.
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