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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.
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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.
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…
I have never, in my life, seen a horror movie that was so representative of the director's own phobias and insecurities. The Tenant, directed by Roman Polanski and starring the man himself, is part of his "apartment trilogy," a cinematic depiction of the horrors of urban living. I would assume that Polanski's neighbors once creeped the hell out of him, and vice versa. In this, he plays Trelkovsky, a meek bureaucrat that rents out an apartment whose last owner committed suicide, It's not long before Trelkovsky begins to feel the same urban paranoia that afflicted Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby.
This movie has a very slow pace, quietly ratcheting up the unsettling imagery until it reaches a climax of horrific…
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…
Le Locataire aka The Tenant es la última película de la no tan famosa trilogía de los Apartamentos que también incluye Repulsion y Rosemary's Baby (La mejor de la trilogía, sin duda alguna).
Me dejó una sensación parecida a Brazil, aunque no la disfruté tanto como esta última. Aún así es una película que no se le siente sus 2 horas de duración y aunque el final difícilmente asombre, es un interesante viaje a la paranoia del protagonista, aunque claramente es un mejor viaje el de Repulsion. Todavía no sé si odiarla o creerme el cuento de que es una obra maestra que como algunos la han catalogado.
"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?"
A fellow Letterboxd reviewer twitted about his disappointment with Roman Polanski's 1976 film. I understand his frustrations: Utilizing English, French and Polish actors, the entire film is dubbed. Like most movies of the time dubbing was not very good. And, of course, it is an odd film. At times it feels as if the movie is almost schizophrenic.
I first saw this film as a requirement of a college literature course back in 1989. The professor had added it to our syllabus to compare to Roland Topor's provocative study of identity, alienation and the way factors within an environment can cause individuals to re-define themselves. Safe to say Topor's novella is a trip.
Polanski has actually done an outstanding job…
A bizarre gem from Roman Polanski who not only writes and directs the film, but stars in it too. He does a really great job, going from the quiet normal guy who is transformed into a madhead crossdresser! The Tenant is very similar tonally and thematically to his earlier hit Rosemary's Baby. It mostly takes place in an apartment building. Roman moves into a flat in Paris where the previous tenant jumped out of the window in a suicide attempt (and now is in a body cast in hospital). Roman moves into the flat even though her belongings are still there and the wreckage from the suicide jump hasn't even been fixed yet. Roman's character starts to become obsessed with…
A man looking for a decent place to live cheaply comes to rent a vacant apartment whose previous owner attempted suicide (and eventally succeeded). The premise was incredibly intriguing and seemingly simple. The bizarre behaviour of the characters had me interested in where it was all going, but the whole thing abandons any line of reason until it turns into a surrealist nightmare.
While I was impressed with the cinematography and sets, specifically the use of incredible forced perspectives and in-camera effects I found the way the story turned and twisted less and less appealing. Basically felt the same way about Ninth Gate.
Originally released with the unfortunate tagline "No one does it to you like Roman Polanski," THE TENANT was poorly received at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival and failed to attract a popular audience upon wide release. The movie recast themes and images from Polanski own REPULSION and ROSEMARY'S BABY in an absurd, exaggerated manner—while, remarkably, preserving their inherent suspense and creepiness—leading critics to accuse him of repeating himself or sliding into self-parody. But what first appeared an exercise in narcissism has become ever stranger with age: Comparable to Orson Welles' MR. ARKADIN, the film is not so much a reflection as a refraction of the filmmaker's persona, using the system of a bizarre plot to split it into mysterious new…
Pointless film. The film was predictable from the start. All the actors were good but wasted, especially Isabelle Adjani--with one memorable exception Rufus. His body language was a delight to observe closely. The Egyptological motifs on the restroom wall were a hoot. even if some users might have stared at it once or twice. And imagine a after falling off 5 floors in a botched suicide attempt, bleeding and hurt, clambering up 5 flights of stairs within minutes to repeat the feat!!
Thumbs Up: Isabelle Adjani is a goddess, the film goes full-tilt bat-shit crazy towards the end which at least stops it from being dull, good score.
Thumbs Down: The plot doesn't make a lick of sense and, unlike the other "apartment" films, it never decides if it's all in the head or if the world is actually evil (which feels like a cop-out), Polanski is pretty terrible and his character is Mr. Bean-level stupid, the dubbing of American voices for the Parisians is confusing.
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