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L'Appartement [DVD] [1997]

Romane Bohringer , Vincent Cassel , Gilles Mimouni    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Monica Bellucci, Sandrine Kiberlain
  • Directors: Gilles Mimouni
  • Writers: Gilles Mimouni
  • Producers: Elisabeth Deviosse, Georges Benayoun, Mate Cantero, Stéphane Sorlat, Yves Marmion
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y3PG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,630 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Parisian businessman Max (Vincent Cassel) is due to fly to Japan when he recognizes his long-lost love, Lisa, in a café. He forgets his travel arrangements and becomes obsessed with tracking Lisa down. When he eventually finds her apartment he hides in it, only to be discovered by Alice, a look-alike Lisa. Matters are further complicated when he sleeps with Alice and finds himself involved in a case of murder and mistaken identity.

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Starring Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, Romane Bohringer, Jean-Phillipe Ecoffey and Sandrine Kiberlain. L'Appartement is a stylish and sexy combination of love story and thriller in which one man is caught up in the passion driven fates of three beautiful women. Max, the romantic protagonist, is planning a marriage, investigating a murder, chasing after a lost love and getting bizarrely entangled with a mystery girl. Switching between time, women, chic cafes and beautiful Parisian apartments, Mimouni's film makes the most of its deliriously romantic setting whilst effortlessly unraveling an intricate and unpredictable plot which playfully ties its lovelorn characters up in knots as it races along to a heady conclusion.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Style, pace and beauty 5 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This film is brilliant - in turns stylish, fast-moving, and intriguing. Even without Monica Bellucci, it would be excellent. The cheating Max, around whom the whole story revolves, is brilliantly played by Vincent Cassel. And the slightly golden hue, in which the film is shot almost throughout, gives it added elegance as well as an almost surreal texture.
But with Ms Bellucci, the film becomes almost mesmerising. For me, she is the film's pièce de résistance. Her Italian accent while speaking French, which lingers almost imperceptibly at the end of every word she utters, is simply delicious. This, combined with her stunning physical beauty (let's be honest here!), and a very believable character, make this film memorable and take it comfortably into 5 star territory.
This film will stay in your mind long after watching it. So my advice is: Go and buy it now!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest films of the decade 16 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
One of the striking things about this film is just how confident the direction seems to be. There is no hesitation, no fear, just a fluent film leading smoothly from one situation. It's difficult to believe that it was the director's first film, but it certainly can't have hurt to have an experienced actor like Vincent Cassell taking the main role. Cassell is superb as a man who knows who he wants, but all too often settles for second best, having had his heart broken before.
The film follows him pursuing his old love (Monica Bellucci), but seemingly never able to quite get to her, and leaving in his wake (through no fault of his own) a trail of destruction behind himself and the other characters. The supporting cast is rock solid, and the story captivating. I watched this film and made it my mission in life to see all the films Cassell has ever made - he's really that good.
If you like French films, buy it. If you like love stories, buy it. If you like good acting, good direction, good editing, buy it. In short, unless you don't like foreign language films, buy it, and if you don't like them, what are you doing reading this? Buy it!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great love story 14 Dec 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I caught this film on TV at midnight a few years back. I was tired and just about to go to bed. But after the title sequence (brilliant tune "It's the same") and the first minute, I was hooked. The film got better and better all the way to the end and the next day I was seeking out the video.
This is a great love story, with a brilliant intricate plot and excellent performances. Vincent Cassel (also brilliant in La Haine & Irreversible) is captivated by his impossibly beautiful co-star and wife, Monica Bellucci (Irreversible), simply walking down the street. He stalks her and ends up meeting her in a shoe shop. From there the journey is set, and a love affair takes place. The tragedy that then enfolds is brilliant and quite heartbreaking.
The chronology of the film is as complex as Pulp Fiction on first viewing and wonderful to follow knowingly on subsequent viewings. The beauty is in the portrayal of the simple twists of fate that occur in all our lives for the better or worse. Their simplicity sometimes has a farcical quality, and it is that which is quite tragic.
This is a film that you have to have, and yet again proves the mastery of French film-making over the rest of us. There is also the love story between myself and Monica Bellucci that first night I saw the film, but I'll keep that one to myself!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trouble with Love 3 Feb 2002
Format:DVD
'People in love don't realise the harm they do'
So says Alice (Romane Bohringer) towards the end of the movie. And you know what she means. With a script that would have pleased Billy Wilder and a use of color, structure and mirrors that Hitchcock would have purred at this is an assured movie from Mimouni. Using a narritive sewn together with flashback clues the film is a thriller that grips you... but also so warm and at times outright funny that your never quite sure, even in the last reel, where everything will go.
Cassel is a very likeable protagonist,unable to forget the woman who left him. His performance is deft,light and elegant, as are those of the whole cast. Jean-Pahillipe Ecoffey is excellent as Cassel's close friend, Bellucci does enough to make one realise that she is far more than a pretty face, whilst Bohringer does a great job of a very complex personality.
This really is a movie for the lovelorn - you end up hoping everybody comes out happy - but then we don't know the harm we do when we're in love.
If you do enjoy this movie, then check out 'In the mood for love' - and let's hope we'll soon get 'Un Coeur en hiver' - great movies all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT 1990'S MASTERPIECE 1 Jun 2006
Format:DVD
A brilliant film but this UK disc is second rate. If you go to Amazon France you get the France edition which is far nicer and does have sous-titres anglais.

This is the best non-epic film of the 1990's.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fanstastically tragic love story 15 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Vincent Cassel is remarkable in this movie, a truely versatile actor. The story line is a classic love story tragedy, but contains none of the usual love story cliches that sometimes marr an otherwise good film, thus giving l'appartement a refreshing outlook. Supported by a fantastic cast, Vincent Cassel is excellently cast as high flying businessman Max, who, instead of going to Japan on a business deal, sees his old love Lisa and thus tries to find her. A wonderful film, which deserves a place on any video library shelf and in the homes of any true film fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and charming psychological thriller
Amazon recommended this after I had been checking reviews for another hilarious French film (`Diner des Cons') that I had seen with my U3a group. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Supersnipe
5.0 out of 5 stars l'appartement est superbe
L' Appartement is French film at it's best. Vincent Cassel,Monica Bellucci and Romane Bohringer excel in this film that will
keep you guessing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by xenrin
5.0 out of 5 stars A late 20th century classic
I agree that this is one of those rare films to watch before you die. I have probably seen this film 20 times plus and its seductive style combined with a substantial and very... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by Tonkfan
5.0 out of 5 stars le film ultime
I've watched this twice but if I had to choose one film to see again before I die, this would be it. There are still more twists and sidesteps for me discover. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by J. C. Birchley
3.0 out of 5 stars intriguing but odd
I got the feeling, after watching this film, that I was supposed to be lying limp on the sofa, overcome with admiration at the cleverness of the plotting and the style of the... Read more
Published on 27 April 2008 by M. Duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars stylish, yes, but..
Troughout the film you are kept waiting for the story to make sense. Back in time, forward, back again, another person's view, and in the end... disappointing. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2007 by Nish Pfister
4.0 out of 5 stars Chic French Thriller
"L'Appartement" is a stylish ,slick French love story cum thriller, featuring two legends of European cinema; the charismatic Vincent Cassell and the almost perfectly beautiful... Read more
Published on 2 May 2006 by L. Davidson
3.0 out of 5 stars Appartment-tastic
Gorgeous French actress Romane Bohringer plays a woman who lives in an apartment, rather like another French actress who lives in another apartment. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2006 by not_a_real_folkie
1.0 out of 5 stars a film that thinks it's more clever than it is
As I settled down to watch this film I was expecting another stylish French thriller, a la ‘Read my Lips. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2006 by Mr. Philip A. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars a "romantic thriller"
Let me be the first to confess that I haven't seen that many films, but this is one of the best I've ever seen. I never new that there was such a thing as a "romantic thriller". Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2005 by jj gittes
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