The conclusion of a loose trilogy of the horrors of apartment dwelling that began with Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby concerns a Polish file clerk who moves into a bizarre apartment building in Paris, taking over the residence of a comatose woman who fell from her apartment window.
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One of the strangest films I've seen in a long time. It takes a while to finally start down the road of what the film is, but when it's going there, it's pretty good. Also the well-dressed crowd applauding was totally genius!
A really good film that blurs the line between reality and insanity. "At what point does a man stop being himself---when he's lost his head? Can the head claim to be a person's real Self?" The transition from sanity to madness carried on with a furtive slither so that, all of a sudden, there was complete, suffocating madness. That was this film's strongest point!
Polanski finishes the apartment dwelling trilogy with a unique, strange and captivating film loathed by critics back on its release. it goes from a regular, existential black comedy unrelentingly transmuting itself into a paranoid, atmospheric journey of macabre visions and insanity.
This was interesting and worthwhile, genuinely shocking at times too (in a good way), but I'm not quite sure what to make of it after watching it for the first time. Definitely had a nice musical score, just a bit unnerving with how things ended up. They ended up that way without any clear impetus, aside from his choice of residence. That's not a criticism, just an observation.
I enjoyed how elements of a thriller, comedy even a little bit of horror are seamlessly connected. This film flows so smoothly, the mystery builds up and emerges slowly, the reveal is interesting. I appreciated the dark humour, the cast is great and performances are strong, an old Parisian apartment building is moody and is perfect as the setting. My only minor complaint is the obvious English dubbing...