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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: With a plot more tangled than a spider's broken web, this French drama follows the romantic obsession of Max (Vincent Cassel), a young corporate hotshot who leaves his successful new world behind to search for his elusive lost love Lisa (Monica Bellucci). His mad quest begins after he accidentally overhears Lisa's melodic voice speaking in the phone booth next door. But before he knows it she is gone. Still, he is so elated that he abandons his plans, lies to his fiancee, and after leaving his luggage with his pal Lucien (Jean-Philippe Ecoffey), sets off to find her. The hunt leads to a fabulous apartment, where he saves a girl from a suicide thinking that she is Lisa. But this girl, Alice (Romane Bohringer) is as drab and mousy as Max's Lisa is beautifully feline. Max becomes involved with Alice, unaware that she also dates Lucien. Meanwhile the real Lisa attempts to break free from her obsessive rich lover who may have murdered his wife. For this reason, she continues to avoid her apartment, which she has generously loaned to Alice. When these characters collide, the stage is set for a tragic denouement.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, British Independent Film Awards, Ceasar Awards, ...L'Appartement (Apartment)
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The relentless pace is fuelled by subtly sneaky action and the alternating distractions of Monica Bellucci, Romane Bohringer and Sandrine Kimberlain. Bewildered, triply love-struck Max (Vincent Cassel) has only the slenderest chance of piecing together the clues while untangling his emotions.
The plot twists and turns with break-neck speed, pirouetting around each of the female leads. Filled with delicious tension, this is a real treat which demands repeated viewing. Do not miss it!
What's most fun - or most frustrating, depending on how you like your narrative delivered - is the way it doubles back on itself, revealing that the passing details in one person's life can be major ones in another's, even revealing that for the first third of the movie both we and the main character haven't noticed the presence of one key character. Rewarding and exhilarating stuff.
Artificial Eye's UK DVD only boasts the French trailer and text notes as extras, but offers a good transfer with proper subtitling (the subtitles on the US disc are hard-of-hearing subtitles including descriptions of sound effects!).
L'Appartement has one of the most intricate plots of any film I've seen, full of repeated flashbacks and apparently unexplained plot twists, thereby warranting repeat viewings. Vincent Cassel stars as Max, Parisian amateur writer with big ambitions, who becomes obsessed with Lisa (Monica Bellucci), before leaving for a job in New York. Two years later, Max has returned to Paris intent on marrying new girlfriend Muriel, only to catch a fleeting glimpse of his lost love Lisa, thereby setting in train a series of mistaken identity encounters involving Lisa's best friend Alice (Romane Bohringer), who happens to be the girlfriend of Max's best friend Lucien (Jean-Philippe Ecoffey). Still following?
Mimouni's film moves at a frantic pace, cutting between past and present at will, and using the Parisian urban landscape to great effect. The cast is uniformly strong. Along with La Haine, this is the best performance I've seen from Cassel, but, for me, the standout performance is that of Romane Bohringer, who conveys both great vulnerability and sharp deception simultaneously as Alice. Sadly, in the 15 years since L'Appartement Bohringer does not appear (as far as I can see) to have made any films that have been subject to release outside France.
The film also provides a great exercise in 'spot the film homages'.Read more ›
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I am a fan of Vincent Cassel. Not a bad story plot but - flash back confusing, all over the place. Make up from flashback laughable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jac Knight
The picture quality of this DVD makes it look like VHS. Images are blurry. There is no intensity of colour. And at times the colour fluctuates badly across a shot. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Henry Turner
One of my favourite films of all time. It seems it will remain the director's only work, but if you're only to make one film, then it may as well be a masterpiece. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Persona
Plot is not believable, the filmic style is irritating beyond measure, and I still cringe when I remember that horrible dance scene. The director hasn't made another film since. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Charlie Allnutt
Arrived on time, perfect condition. Now film- yes sexy, yes stylish, yet it wasn't believable enough for me, the story background wasn't developed sufficiently to make it a great... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kosta-Koffe
Excellent item as described and fast delivery, highly recommended.Published 17 months ago by Laurence A Frankel