La Locataire * Roman Polanski (1976)

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Better known under the international title “The Tenant” this is one of those thriller classics. Presented as a psychological suspense thriller it takes quite a while before the film gets interesting. A young man Trelkovsky (played by Polanski himself) moves into an appartment building in Paris. Trelkovsky is a strange man and Polanski is not clear about the reason why Trelkovsky wants to live in that particular appartment, but the building that Trelkovsky moves into is even weirder than himself. Soon the young man goes from appearing as having weird interests to being a victim in a strange plot. The story is pretty strange and there is some grim humour in it. “La Locataire” is an interesting film to see some time, but I do not find it a masterpiece.

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