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This review is from: The Apartment [DVD] (DVD)
What struck me about this film was the number of raw emotions exposed in this 'comedy'. The characters reveal a lot of loneliness and pain. The bachelor, the lift attendant and the secretary all nurse disappointments. The presentation of the corporate workplace is superb - I worked for a law firm in the 1990s and it was very familiar. You see people in recognisable situations: watching the clock, shaving, making spaghetti, killing time waiting to get back into an apartment, getting stood up. And the small coincidences tip the plot in different directions. I found myself pausing the DVD to work out how the scriptwriters were going to get through the next five minutes.
The scenario of a man allowing other men to use his room was excellent, because you couldn't quite understand how it worked, but you were intrigued. It was louche and rather shocking. The film is a 'picture' of life in a certain place at a certain time. It shows great sympathy for what people have to go through, and how difficult it is to find love in dark places.