Apartment (Version française) [Import]
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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
Release Date: 1-MAY-2007
Media Type: DVD
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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