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.
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…
irre, aber groß.
of crossdressing and insanity.
The last part I had to watch in Polanski's apartment trilogy, my favourite of which probably being repulsion. I've always liked Polanski's films even if people say he's a bit of a shit cunt in real life.
Considering the loose trilogy, The Tenant was the one I disliked the most, outside of the trilogy I found it to be a very entertaining movie that satisfied the smart masterpiece horror craving I was looking for. Isabelle Adjani has definitely moved up from 'check-out' to 'must watch' with her performance in this and particularly in Possession, a film I'm still blown away by which shares many similarities with The Tenant.
It's very odd to see Polanski's awkward withdrawn portrayal here, especially as it invites a critique of both him as an actor and director but of his private life (which is controversial to say the least). I get where he was going or at least the background of what…
"I am not Simone Choule!"- Trelkovsky
Roman Polanski's film, The Tenant is one that works because of the great atmosphere. The cast is good too, but what really made the film for me was the constant unsettling feeling. 7.5/10
Roman Polanski moves into the apartment of a woman who tried killing herself.
One of the reasons I started posting on Letterboxd, besides wanting to know the best websites for exotic UK escorts, is to keep track of the movies I've watched. Since I watch a lot of movies, I sometimes have trouble keeping track of the names. Many times I've thrown on a flick thinking it's something I've never watched before, just to realize 15 minutes in that I have seen it, and hated it.
The Tenant is a movie that I thought I had seen, but I just couldn't remember the plot to it. As it turns out, this is my first viewing, and I dunno... It's hard…
Great cinematography and pacing. More of a "tension" movie than a horror movie.
One of Roman Polanski's greatest psychological thrillers. Although Polanski is a terrible actor, everything else about it is so great that I can look past it. Its mood and subtle build up is similar to Rosemary's Baby. Probably the most surreal film Polanski ever made
The first hour or so of this film doesn't work. Polanski is a shy introvert who chills with his bros and makes dick jokes in a Parisian apartment and gets his rocks off with Isabelle Adjani in a movie theater? I didn't buy any of that.
There's an argument against that I'm sure the film's supporters would use as soon as I mentioned it, but the argument is weightless, because once we find out the something they would mention, it's late into the film. Those first act scenes need to work within themselves tonally, regardless of what happens at the end. And even the end, isn't all that great. The film is shot and scored very well. There are several sequences that truly were memorable - so I suppose it's not all bad. But The Tenant is nowhere near Polanski's best.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I literally lost it when he threw himself of the window by the second time.
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