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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Like Polanski's "Repulsion" and "Rosemary's Baby" this one is a totally unsettling film. Philippe Sarde's music - especially the innocent glass harmonica passages and the theatric passages near the end - contributes a lot to the atmosphere.
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.