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  • Actors: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Monica Bellucci, Sandrine Kiberlain
  • Directors: Gilles Mimouni
  • Writers: Gilles Mimouni
  • Producers: Elisabeth Deviosse, Georges Benayoun, Mate Cantero, Stéphane Sorlat, Yves Marmion
  • Format: Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Aug. 22 2006
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000FWHW68
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Product Description

A man walks away from his current life to look for his ex-girlfriend, the love of his life, finds her apartment and becomes involved with her roommate who is also dating his best friend.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: UN
Release Date: 1-MAY-2007
Media Type: DVD

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The Apartment is a film about love and infidelity but it is more than that. It plays out like a mystery novel as more pieces of the puzzle fall into place. The movie revolves around a man looking for his lost love and a third party attempting to thwart his search through almost any means possible because of her own desires. As I watched this film I was wondering why it seemed so familiar and it is because I had previously seen the 2004 Wicker Park, an American version of the film. While some of the scenes flow better and I enjoyed Matthew Lillard more in the male friend role in the Wicker Park version, overall I enjoyed The Apartment more. The chemistry of stars Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci in the Apartment is quite evident. In fact they later married in real life. The endings of both films are quite different but I think both are worth a watch if only just to compare.

There are English subtitles available with either film.
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In my quest to see more of the gorgeous Monica Bellucci I snapped up a copy of this little French 'romantic thriller' and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story. The plot deals with elements of infatuation , deception, and obsession amonst a group of, essentially, four indiviuals (2 men & 2 women) and the complexities of their past, present, and future relationships with each other. The tension of the film is created by a lot of unrequited passions as the characters sort of chase one another around attempting to make a connection of one kind or another. There are some clever Tarantino-esque time shifting editting techniques that add to the sense of a jigsaw puzzle of plot elements ultimately coming together to a cohesive ending, of sorts, that is satisfying and frustrating at the same time. Bellucci is lovely, as always, though this is not one of her steamier roles (no nudity) - still she heats up the screen whenever she is in the scene. The film has a decidedly European feel to it - a refreshing change from Hollywood cliches - in French language w/ English subtitles - an engrossing and entertaining watch.
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I thought this was a pretty trashy movie but Romane Bohringer is always worth watching.HdG.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9900d594) out of 5 stars 44 reviews
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f75078) out of 5 stars "The Motion Of Demetrius' Heart" ~ Obsession And Misdirection Under The Guise Of Love July 15 2007
By Brian E. Erland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Note: French with English subtitles.

Synopsis: Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci play two star-crossed lovers whose attempts to reunite after an unintential two year separation are constantly thwarted by fate and the devious actions of a third party determined to keep them apart.

Critique: Released in '96, `The Apartment' receives the highest marks on every level. First of all, two of my favorite foreign film stars head the cast; Vincent Cassel (Max) and Monica Bellucci (Lisa), which is further complimented by a magnificent performance by Romane Bohringer (Alice). The cinematography is superb, artistically capturing the urban, Parisian terrain which seems to ooze from the screen. The camera skillfully captures the spirit of this legendary city and the atmosphere of the landscape incorporating that romantic ambience into the separated lovers Max and Lisa. The soundtrack is melodic, melancholy and apprehensive, a perfect fit for the taut, expertly constructed plot unfolding layer by complex layer on the screen before the viewer. The storyline is unbelievable intricate, flashing back and forth between the past and present with each time shift unveiling some new secret, some previously unsuspected nuance to the story that seems to change everything you had known and understood up to that point.

`The Apartment' is first class entertainment from beginning to end and believe me when the end finally arrives you'll be taken totally by surprise just as I was. This is a classic that definitely can be watched again and again. Buy it and save yourself from repeat rental fees.
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad6069c) out of 5 stars One of the best French films of the 90s Aug. 13 2006
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9922dfe4) out of 5 stars Terrible DVD of a good film Oct. 25 2006
By Peter07 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have the French region 2 PAL DVD, and gosh, this region 1 version sounds just horrible. The French DVD is anamorphic AND has DTS sound.

To true lovers of this film, get a multi-region DVD player and get the French version. It's the only version that can do this film justice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f763cc) out of 5 stars A fun, complex love quadrangle that's worth seeing twice Dec 18 2012
By cs211 - Published on Amazon.com
The Apartment is a well-plotted story about a multiparty romantic entanglement that may qualify as a love quadrangle, or perhaps a love pentagon or love hexagon. Although nearly every element of the early scenes turns out to be significant in the overall storyline, it is not until well into the movie that the viewer realizes what is really going on and the true relationships between the characters. In fact, it takes the characters quite a while to figure out their true relationships. The end result is an entertaining movie that rewards the careful viewer and provides multiple puzzles to be solved.

The story revolves around four primary single adults in Paris. The actresses with the two female lead roles both give memorable performances. Monica Bellucci is absolutely gorgeous with her alluring eyes and smartly-trimmed hair. In perhaps a bit of typecasting, Bellucci portrays a woman so beautiful that one of the male leads, expertly played by handsome Vincent Cassel, cannot get her out of his mind years later, even in the presence of his fiancee. Romane Bohringer portrays the other female lead, a more sinister character, and she throws herself into the role with relish. Her character is at times passive, at times plotting and aggressive; in love and out of love; sometimes truthful and often lying; a perpetrator and a victim; and, professionally, a nurse and an actress, both on stage and off. It's quite a role, and Bohringer does a great job with it.

There may be a message that The Apartment is conveying: given the ease and speed with which present-day romances progress to the intimate stage, adults who play the field are presented with many options, and it can be hard to choose among them to find true love. And true love may be nothing more than an unhealthy obsession. But the primary attractions of The Apartment are the intricate plot and the fine job turned in by the lead actors, with some beautiful scenes of Paris exteriors and interiors thrown in for a bonus. The Apartment is worth seeing not once but twice, to capture everything that is going on and to learn how it all fits together.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9939e090) out of 5 stars Convoluted Love Quadrangle May 25 2011
By Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In my quest to see more of the gorgeous Monica Bellucci I snapped up a copy of this little French 'romantic thriller' and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story. The plot deals with elements of infatuation , deception, and obsession amonst a group of, essentially, four indiviuals (2 men & 2 women) and the complexities of their past, present, and future relationships with each other. The tension of the film is created by a lot of unrequited passions as the characters sort of chase one another around attempting to make a connection of one kind or another. There are some clever Tarantino-esque time shifting editting techniques that add to the sense of a jigsaw puzzle of plot elements ultimately coming together to a cohesive ending, of sorts, that is satisfying and frustrating at the same time. Bellucci is lovely, as always, though this is not one of her steamier roles (no nudity) - still she heats up the screen whenever she is in the scene. The film has a decidedly European feel to it - a refreshing change from Hollywood cliches - in French language w/ English subtitles - an engrossing and entertaining watch.


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