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Apartment (Version française) [Import]

Romane Bohringer , Vincent Cassel , Gilles Mimouni    Unrated   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Lies Sept. 23 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted Love Quadrangle May 25 2011
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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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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Apartment (L'Appartement] July 24 2010
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I thought this was a pretty trashy movie but Romane Bohringer is always worth watching.HdG.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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
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.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best French films of the 90s Aug. 13 2006
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible DVD of a good film Oct. 25 2006
By Peter07 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see Bellucci and Cassel together, but The Apartment is complex viewing Sept. 20 2009
By Andy Orrock - Published on Amazon.com
This is the film that made the quadra-lingal Monica Bellucci a star; plus it's the one that introduced her to now-husband, Vincent Cassel. Bellucci is - if possible - de-glamorized here most of the time. She wears a backpack! And pants! And athletic shoes! Such are the pressures when you are Monica Bellucci. To see she and Cassel together at the starts of their now famous careers is a treat.

The movie itself is tortuously complex and riven with holes, most notably: Cassel's Max (rising corporate hotshot and fixer) is tasked with flying to Tokyo to swing some major deal. But he [THINKS HE] overhears Bellucci's Lisa - his erstwhile lover and one-time _almost_ live-in mate - in a happenstance semi-encounter and becomes frantic to track her down. So, what to do? He pretends to wing it to Tokyo, goes out the backdoor of the airport (passing the fiancée, Muriel, who dropped him in the process), calls the high-profile clients in Tokyo telling them he's been unavoidably detained, and makes calls from Paris to Muriel pretending he's in Tokyo. Muriel is, by the way, Max's CEO's sister...but no big deal to the director: nothing ever really becomes of all this. Huh? In real life, Max's ruse would be found out in a day, and the film's entire premise shot. But, whatever, right? It annoyed me that something that blatant would essentially pass unnoticed.

The movie's second-half turns into a head-spinning roundelay between Lisa, Max, Lisa's spurned friend Alice (or is she Lisa?) and Max's friend Lucien. Despite the complexities and bulldozer-sized plot holes, The Apartment still made for 2 hours of enjoyable watching. Writer/Director Gilles Mimouni (Wicker Park) employs a really neat trick of showing you an event from a character's point-of-view, then revealing, say, 40 minutes more of the story, and then showing you the event again from another character's point of view...by which time the quizzical first-time showing has new meaning and gives you an 'ah ha!' moment. It's very carefully constructed and artful stuff.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very french film about love in all its forms Feb. 21 2008
By Margaux Paschke - Published on Amazon.com
The previous reviewer (Lim) did a great job of summarizing without giving anything away. Apparently, I liked this movie a whole lot more. This movie was a classic french love story - no hollywood ending here. The soul of the movie is best explained by Alice, as she is confronted by Max of her duplicity - Haven't you ever felt such love that you were willing to do anything? Love is the real main character. We see idealized love (Max and Lisa), we see obsessive love (almost all of the characters at one point), we see pragmatic love (Max and Muriel & Lisa for Daniel), etc. There is no right or wrong in this tale. According to Nietzsche, anything done out of pure love is never evil. Hmmm.... All types of love are displayed and the ending is most fitting for each character. I believe that Alice's character was the most intriguing as she starts obsessive and grows into true love.

This is one of those rare movies that you can sit back and enjoy simply on a plot driven level or discuss all the different levels of love and what the ending meant. Either way, it's a great way to spend 1.5 hours!

Hollywood re-made this movie (Wicker Park), which was good but nothing like this very french tale. The U.S. version focused more on the obsessive angle and copied many of the same scenes with a Fatal Attraction twist.
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