While it's often regarded as the ugly red-headed step-child of Polanski's apartment trilogy, The Tenant isn't all bad. There are some genuine moments that will make your skin crawl. However, this is nothing compared to Rosemary's or Repulsion. I think Polanksi got off at the idea of staring in his own film, but didn't really give the script the depth it deserved. Great ideas go nowhere and leaves us thinking what-if?
A third kind of perspective on apartment-paranoia, as this time it is protagonist convincing himself of different reality. Least explained, scattering clues, motifs and subtopics that vary from homosexuality to Egyptology it is not hard to see why it didn't do well with critics at first. I see it as Polanski's most personal, exploring the depth of a paranoid mind left alone in a claustrophobic world of ignorance.
Polanski's consistently disorientating plot, (questionable acting) and beautifully composed vignettes, indeed make this a memorable descent into psychological nightmarish madness. Added to this is the continual mergence between reality, perception and paranoia, colourfully illustrated by the bizarre troupe of characters, directed with a large dollop of black humour and technical flair.
A kafkaesque atmosphere in a psychological thriller by Roman Polanski. Who can ask for more? The building up of the tension and weird happenings, and slow mental breakdown is so well accomplished here. The camera work is fantastic and Polanski gives a riveting performance. Now I need to watch Repulsion to complete "The Apartment" trilogy.
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...