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An engaged Paris executive seeks an ex-flame but instead finds a longtime admirer who arranged their split.
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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!
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!
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!
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.
This is the best non-epic film of the 1990's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great story though I was a bit frustrated to receive a DVD that had no subtitles (the on-disk information confirms this although the box advertises subtitles). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Helen
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 morePublished on 19 Jan. 2014 by Supersnipe
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
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 morePublished on 2 Nov. 2011 by Tonkfan
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 morePublished on 14 Sept. 2011 by scormus
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 morePublished on 27 April 2008 by M. Duncan
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 morePublished on 9 Jan. 2007 by Nish Pfister
"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 morePublished on 2 May 2006 by L. Davidson