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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.
Part of Hoop-Tober
“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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
Hoop-Tober 2015: Film #11
Roman Polanski Film #1; [FRANCE]
While not totally as effective as the other two entries in Polanski's Apartment trilogy (Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby), the both of which I will be re-watching for this challenge, The Tenant still manages to set up a very intense sense of paranoia, isolation and uneasiness. As always, Polanski's eye for the setting really helps this idea out, and the performances are all solid across the board, with Polanski's character of course being the standout. The dubbing was strange, and from what I've read, this was intentionally so as to enforce the whole alienation concept. The idea behind that is really intriguing, but I can't say it wasn't a bit distracting in its…
Hoop-Tober 2015: Film 13 of 31
The final entry in Polanski's 'Apartment Trilogy', preceded by Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby, The Tenant may be the weakest of the three as a horror film, but is nonetheless a paranoia ridden suspense trip. The most interesting aspect of The Tenant as it compares to the other two films is the idea of the main character going mad. In Repulsion, it is no question the main character is mad, in Rosemary's Baby, Rosemary's paranoia is up to question, until her paranoia is justified at the very end, but in The Tenant, it is never clear if Trelkovsky is truly mad or if his suspicions of his fellow tenants and landlord are correct.
I can appreciate Roman Polanski's films, but along with this Chinatown and Repulsion I feel as a director for me it's about what he doesn't show, and his films leave the viewer to piece together what type of story these films are trying to tell. The Tenant has some cool scenes (The head floating being one of them), but I feel Polanski as a lead lets this film down and for me the majority of the film is to slow.
A história de um estrangeiro que faz de tudo para conseguir se adequar à cultura do país (e aos colegas de trabalho, aos outros inquilinos, às mulheres) onde vive, mas sem sucesso. Primeiro, o ambiente ao seu redor deixa de fazer sentido e, em seguida, o seu próprio corpo, entregando-se a uma relação especular com a ex-moradora do apartamento que alugou. A solidão transforma-se em horror, paranoia e psicose. Precisaria rever outros filmes do Polanski e ainda ver o que me falta, mas, se este não for o seu melhor filme (pode muito bem ser), me parece ser o mais pessoal.
"I don't like to get mixed up in this kind of thing."
It felt like a nightmare to me. One of those dreams I'll have where I know I'm supposed to go somewhere or do something or stop something but I just keep not doing it, as my dread builds and builds and builds.
Polanski and Nykvist are a dream pairing.
Last five minutes are a doozy.
Polanski's attempt at comedy.
The Tenant recalls, at times, both Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion, and director Roman Polanksi considered it the final piece in his informal apartment-themed trilogy. Less vital than the first two parts, this one succeeds mostly on the strength of Polanski's technique — keep an eye out for the constant use of disembodied heads and reflections in the mise-en-scène — and the eerie wit that underlies nearly every scene as it slowly creeps toward the crazy denouement.
I don't think The Tenant really — conventionally, at least — succeeds at what it's attempting, but I found it the first two-thirds mildly funny enough to derive a fair amount of glee from the gimmicky finale. I never really cared what happened to…
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