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8.1
/10
3,236 Ratings

The Tenant

Le locataire

Directed by Roman Polanski
France, 1976
Thriller, Avant-Garde, Cult

Synopsis

The conclusion of a loose trilogy of the horrors of apartment dwelling that began with Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby concerns a Polish file clerk who moves into a bizarre apartment building in Paris, taking over the residence of a comatose woman who fell from her apartment window.

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The Tenant Directed by Roman Polanski

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

1977 | Nominee: Best Production Design

The most fascinating aspect of The Tenant is the general lack of ambiguity in the scenario: grim and inhospitable and xenophobic as those around him… may seem, Trelkovsky’s accusations are so off-the-wall, and his actions so increasingly wonky, that we’re not left to even entertain his thoughts. Rather than invited to share his paranoia, we experience the world through a knowingly mad lens.
October 25, 2013
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Like Farrow’s Rosemary, he begins to suspect his weirdo neighbors of harboring a conspiracy against him; and like Deneuve’s Carole, his paranoia will steer him to madness. But where Rosemary’s suspicions were proven correct and Carole’s delusions were the product of a disturbed mind, Trelkovsky seems to go crazy simply because it’s expected of him. It’s this quality that makes the film so memorably bizarre as well as darkly funny; indeed, this may be the most Kafkaesque of all his feature films.
October 21, 2011
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Darkly funny (watch Polanski smack a kid! Try not to laugh!), frightening and imaginatively directed (Polanski’s head bouncing like a basketball), the DostoyevskianThe Tenant remains supremely creepy.
April 15, 2007
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