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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…
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.
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…
An intricately plotted & skilfully layered study of urban paranoia & mental disintegration, the third & final entry in Roman Polanski's Apartment Trilogy is a highly ambiguous & utterly mystifying psychological thriller that utilises all the elements prevalent in the previous entries of this unofficial trilogy but may also polarise its viewers due to its drowsy pace & lack of transparency.
The Tenant (also known as Le Locataire) tells the story of a quiet, timid & inconspicuous man who moves into a Parisian apartment after its previous occupant commits suicide but soon finds himself being unreasonably reprimanded by his landlord & neighbours and begins suspecting that they are all plotting a scheme to transform him into the last tenant so that he too will follow her fate.…
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…
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…
μεσοαστικες λευκες οικογενειες βαριουνται την ζωη τους και ενας καταπιεσμενος σεξουαλικα αντρας (δεν καταλαβα τι ηταν θα ελεγα gay αλλα ντυνοταν αρκετα καλα για να μην θελει να ειναι γυναικα) , γενικα ο πολανσκι πρεπει να ειχε θεματα με τους μεγαλυτερους, αλλα οτι επεσε απο τον 4ο και ξαναανεβηκε να ξαναπεσει το λες και "αποφασισμνος να πεθανει παση θυσια!"
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Roman Polanski's "The Tenant" is a real Tour De Force in it's portrayal of dangerous paranoia. It mixes themes so prevalent in the directors filmography past and present. Presenting a Paris apartment that's every bit as threatening as the one in Repulsion. Nasty neighbors seemingly just as demonic as those in Rosemary's Baby and the theme of identity switching as shown in Cul-De-Sac.
A bureaucrat office worker Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski) moves into a Paris apartment to replace the previous tenant Simone Choule who apparently attempted suicide by jumping out of the window. Trelkovsky then either is a victim to subtle bullying or succumbs to extreme paranoia.
Polanski casts himself in the main role suggesting this might be his most personal…
I was deeply haunted by its theme of alienation, which is of course, one of the fundamental features of modern literature. In 'Tenant', Polanski adds something more to this. He has very good visions of human mind. When an imagination character breaks in to the room of Trelvosky the viewers remains confused, later on we begin to realize the fact, that Polanski is visualising the elements of insanity on the screen. For the protagonist, all his neighbours are involved in a clandestine plot; A plot, that is aimed to force him to commit suicide! Well, from the psychological point of view this fear of that persists from the loneliness happens to be the key factor. Here, the protagonist's strain of…
No ha cambiado mi opinión con respecto a la primera vez que la vi. Es una de esas cintas (otra más) que a todo el mundo le gusta, pero que a mí se me atraganta.
So agonizing a slow burn that I spent most of it visibly, physically anxious, wringing my hands and clutching my chest. Perhaps Polanski's most convincing descent into madness, if only because he's in the middle of it all. It's incredibly personal but, at the same time, feels pretty distanced. Like, surface-level psychological terror, which still touches on many of Polanski's strongest themes, from a distrust of authority to the loss of identity. His craft is also at its best, so much hallucinatory imagery, the creeping sense of dread that completely overtakes you in the last moments. At the same time, he never sacrifices a goofy sense of humor, like the ending, which cruelly plays out the same action twice. A very weird but pretty incredible film.
Watched as part of Scavenger Hunt 20 November 2016
Task 27. A film that takes place primarily in one location
The closing part to Roman Polanski's 'Apartment Trilogy' takes the paranoia of Rosemary's Baby to whole new levels.
Trelkovsky is a mild, kind and quiet working bachelor who is on the hunt for a new apartment. He comes across a place in Paris that seems to tick all the boxes albeit with a few strict potentially odd people in the building, not to mention the room that is available is where a terrible suicide attempt happened by the previous tenant.
Trelkovsky is no way forced in to taking this place or even encouraged, in fact the landlord really…
Bizarre psychological horror, with Polanski playing the main character, for some reason....he does alright, and his timid awkward vibe is a good fit for the character, but a proper actor could have brought a lot more to the film. There were some very creepy moments, and the story is pretty interesting in it's weirdness, especially the insane ending....but I dunno, felt like it didn't quite live up to it's potential. Out of the three films in the so-called Apartment Trilogy, I'd say "Repulsion" nailed it the hardest.
A complete and utter mental breakdown gradually drawn out by the masterful hand of Roman Polanski. A great psychological horror - a pioneer of a movie.
And very much worth reading about after watching. Very interesting stuff.
A deranged descent into the throes of paranoid insanity. Here, loss of identity lies at the darkened core, where madness and schizophrenia reign. Polanski shows his mastery of terror in this autobiographical foray into delusion and dissociation, and it's all-the-more fascinating given Polanski's atypical role as protagonist. The film is not without issues though, as it drags at times and clings to vague symbolism that fails to propel it. It's worth hanging onto for the second half, which is unnerving and brilliant.
Recommended for Polanski geeks and terror fiends, though there are more compelling projects on the director's menu.
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