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Jericho Mansions [2003] [DVD]

James Caan , Geneviève Bujold , Alberto Sciamma    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Caan, Geneviève Bujold, Jennifer Tilly, Maribel Verdú, Peter Keleghan
  • Directors: Alberto Sciamma
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ilc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVDN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,415 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Leonard Grey, an agoraphobic, locks himself in his apartment block, terrified of the outside world, but his sanctuary is beginning to crumble; forces are conspiring to kick him out. Constant accusations by Lily Melnik, the landlady, of stealing worthless items from her apartment, stirrings of discontent among the residents, infidelities and finally a murder… The cops believe they have their killer and motive - a jealous tenant taking revenge on his wife's lover but Leonard begins to discover clues that point to a different killer. Himself.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Leonard Grey(James Caan)has spent the last 30 years of his life as the Janitor in Jericho Mansions, totally confined by the terror of agoraphobia, he can barely look outside the windows, let alone set foot outside this building he tends. The landlady Lily Melnick(Genevieve Bujold)despises him and wants him gone, especially after the death of her husband and a murder within the building, she becomes even more driven to be rid of him, but why?
The tenants are an assortment of dysfunctional characters, seeming to add to the conspiratorial atmosphere within this residence. He is befriended by Donna Cherry(Jennifer Tilly), who warns Len that his life is in danger if he stays. Already haunted by flashbacks that don't make sense to him, taunted constantly by Melnick, he begins to doubt his sanity, and wonders if he may in fact be capable of leaving the confines of the walls and has. The chain of events that follow finally reveal a shocking secret.
To say more about the synopsis would ruin it for viewing.
It could be said that with a bigger budget, in the hands of a different Director and Producers, this may have had the potential to be much more suspenseful and a better film, the story is great, and the cast are capable of much greater performances, however, it is a watchable film, not great or memorable, but worth watching-especially a second time when you know what is really going on in this creepy place.
Given that at the time I am writing this review, this film can be purchased for less than £1, the DVD is just the film-no extras or commentaries, it's a bargain!! I have paid much more for films that have been less satisfying than this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not that great really.... 12 Jan 2009
Format:DVD
I like to buy the odd random low budget movie every now and again - true most of them dont warrant a second veiwing but every now and again you find a little gem....

...however this wasnt one.

Similar themes to the Machinist are used here - lonely man trapped in mundane lifestyle doesn't really know who he is - until he finds out he is suspected of murder and begins to question if it is actually himself who did the killings....

it follows usual thriller traits - providing potential alabi's for a few people who didnt like victim. And has a decent explanation and twist at the end....however it just isnt handled very well, it very much lacks the aspect you get in well produced films where you dont realise these people are actors reading lines form a script - the performances are ok - but dont really convince you and the characters lack and charisma, however at numerous times you can tell these people are in a set with people all around them "acting" - rather than being so abosrbed in the film that you forget you are looking through a camera lens, you can tell it is "staged".

in the hands of better directors and producers it may have been more entertaining, but doesnt engage you enough - it has all the typical thriller elements, but doesnt quite pull it off...

It is watchable and worth a second veiwing - but by no means left me reeling or thinking about it afterwards.

worth a pound anyway - but i suspect, like me, after a 2nd vewing it will be on amazon to be sold soon!
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish! 15 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
i found myself this afternoon sitting on the sofa as the rain poured down cosily outside, and i needed a good film to get me into a snug saturday mood. However i was wrong to even look at this film, i suppose this must be the reason the film is going for such a cheap price, it was pathetic, the storyline was weak and i didnt understand a word of the thing. Next time i'll make sure i watch a good b&w film as that way i can be sure i wont waste my time.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AND THE WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN 4 Jan 2005
By Michael Butts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
JERICHO MANSIONS is a complex, oftentimes frustrating, thriller set in a strange apartment complex in some large city. James Caan, in a very good performance, plays Leonard Grey, the withdrawn manager who never goes outdoors. One can tell from the beginning that there is more than meets the eye to this gentle, but strange, individual. The complex is peopled with a wide assortment of eccentrics: Genevieve Bujold, in a fierce and unusual performance, plays the owner of the building, who obviously has no like for her manager; Jennifer Tilly brings demure sexual steam to her role as the wife of a cheating husband who gets his head bashed in with a hammer. The other tenants include a lonely woman who loves birds and a Spanish woman with an abusive husband. Who killed the philandering husband? Trust that nothing is as it seems in this well directed little chiller, and the ending, though a bit confusing, is not one you may expect. From its weird and atmospheric cinematography to its bright color schemes, JERICHO MANSIONS is not your typical mystery, but one that may leave you wondering what you have just watched!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Caan As You've Never Seen Him Before 12 Nov 2005
By Laser Point - Published on Amazon.com
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James Caan plays the live-in superintendant of a New York Apartment building who never leaves the premeses. His existance has been whittled down so that he has no experience of reality apart from the building. As the movie progresses, we learn that as a young man he was assaulted by his mother and her lover, leaving him with brain damage and loss of memory. It turns out that the apartment "owner" is none other than wicked stepmother who stole Caan's inheritance (the apartment building), his name and, in essence, his life.

This is an unusual movie in that James Caan is not the masterful, decisive figure that viewers have come to expect. Here he portrays a confused, vulnerable, and ultimately enraged loser, who finally learns how his life came to be wasted through the machinations of others. His portrayal of a man who slowly realizes the enormity of his loss and identifies the agent of his destruction is brilliant. This is an interesting movie for anyone but if you are a James Caan fan this is a particular gem.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coulda been more 25 Jan 2010
By C McGhee - Published on Amazon.com
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I felt James Caan deserved an A for his portrayal of an incompetent building super & Jen Tilly was good as usual so why only 3 stars? This is a mystery & they do a great job of setting it up early. The longer the story goes on, the less likely the plot that is being revealed is. The final reveal is preposterous. The writer tried to hard on this one & it's a shame. The directorial talent & acting talent were available. The script was sub-par. 2 1/2 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What's the point? 18 Jan 2010
By Henry Erlenwein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Caan, Bujold, and Tilly. Not a problem.
James has the ball and keeps it.
Genevieve is crusty and stunning.
Jennifer is Jennifer.
A somewhat confusing and surreal piece of cinema that manages to progrssively lose your interest. The windup is something that is justifiable for a 40 minute TV movie.
No doubt the director had some sense of coordination here but unfortunately it fails to translate.
Two stars for the effort.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tilly fan 19 Feb 2008
By Jimmy Palmiotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
fun movie, we get to see some good acting here and jennifer tilly never looked better. I am a huge fan of her, so i am biased.
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