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  • Actors: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Monica Bellucci, Sandrine Kiberlain
  • Directors: Gilles Mimouni
  • Producers: L'Appartement (Apartment)
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 112.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064IND4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Whatever this film is, it is not a confused mess. It is very skillfully made and needs to be watched carefully to get the best out of it (like the Sixth Sense). It is a very clever film, in the same way that Sleuth or Dangerous Liaisons are clever films. The film is about the power and impotence of desire, but is ultimately an artifice, a clever construction for its own sake. I say this because the shifts in passions of the main character are unlikely and ill motivated. The film is logically quite satisfying, like a puzzle, but fails to be psychologically convincing. A good film then, but not a great one.
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Don't be put off by previous reviews that the movie is sleep inducing - the guy probably was tired or bored with life. This is a beautiful, sweeping movie about coincidences in life (a bit like in Sliding Doors) and how they affect people's lives. It's about love, passion, jealousy and set in Paris - beautifully acted by Bellucci and Bohringer (it helps if you speak French so you understand their acting better) with a beautiful haunting soundtrack. Although it's not always easy to follow, it's actually good that some films make you use your brain. For those who haven't got one, just go back to sleep.
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By Peter Piper TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Jun. 2010
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One of the most compelling thrillers I've seen in a long time. Now fifteen years old, I do not believe this film has dated by a single second. It is also a love story, full of emotional tension and confusion. A visit to a jeweler provides a metaphor of three rings, leading to an ever-tightening mystery. Who is trying to outwit whom?

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!
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L'Appartement became an instant favorite when I saw it a few years ago, although on revisiting it I did find myself wondering for a while if I hadn't over-valued it. But then, a third into the picture it takes a sudden left turn and what had been a relatively simple romantic drama about lost love suddenly became a much more complex piece of work touching on the nature of desire and the way accidents of timing and interpretation can change fate.

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!).
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One of the best movies I've ever seen. It's perfect. Imaginative, innovative, beautiful, beautifully acted, beautifully shot. It's complex and haunting and sensual and wonderfully clever. You will not see a film like this come out of Hollywood. Shamelessly European, shamelessly romantic.
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French film-making that assumes you're watching and thinking not just stuffing popcorn! Involved plot with rapid twists. Your viewpoint changes and you need to be alert to follow, but if you are, this stylish movie carries you on a great roller coaster. Very watchable. Enjoy it.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2011
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Gilles Mimouni's 1995 film L'Appartement mysteriously remains his only feature directing credit to date, which is surprising given the quality of this Hitchcockian mystery drama.

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'.
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