In Paris, the shy bureaucrat Trelkovsky rents an old apartment without bathroom where the previous tenant, the Egyptologist Simone Choule, committed suicide. The unfriendly concierge (Shelley Winters) and the tough landlord Mr. Zy establish stringent rules of behavior and Trelkovsky feels ridden by his neighbors. Meanwhile he visits Simone in the hospital and befriends her girlfriend Stella. After the death of Simone, Trelkovsky feels obsessed for her and believes his landlord and neighbors are plotting a scheme to force him to also commit suicide. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
How could he escape from his nightmares?
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Did You Know?
At the two-thirds mark of the film, there are two shots of a chair used as a nightstand at Trelkovsky's apartment where Roman Polanski
used jaw-dropping perspective effects. The first one was when a thirsty Trelkovsky tries to grab a bottle of water from the chair (2D foreshortening). The second one was when Trelkovsky walks by the chair (3D forced perspective) towards the window. See more
When Trelkovsky is unpacking as he moves into the apartment, a crew member is reflected in the small mirror adjacent to the kitchen sink. Two crew members are then reflected in the armoire's mirror as Trelkovsky opens it. See more
I am not Simone Choule!
The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more
Referenced in The Machinist
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde
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