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The Tenant (1976)

Le locataire (original title)
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

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Monsieur Zy
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Madame Dioz
Bernard Fresson ...
Scope
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Madame Gaderian
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Husband at the accident
Claude Piéplu ...
Neighbor (as Claude Pieplu)
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Georges Badar
Romain Bouteille ...
Simon
Jacques Monod ...
Cafe Owner
Patrice Alexsandre ...
Robert
Jean-Pierre Bagot ...
Policeman
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Office Worker
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Scope's Neighbor
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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

26 May 1976 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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$1,924,733 (USA)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the French actors are dubbed by British equity members in US accents. They were Robert Rietty, David De Keyser, Marc Smith, Sandra Dickinson, David Healy, Annie Ross, Shane Rimmer, and Peter Mariner, among others. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Trelkovsky: These days, relationships with neighbors can be... quite complicated. You know, little things that get blown up out of all proportion? You know what I mean?
Stella's Friend: No, no I don't. I mind my own business.
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The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more »

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Referenced in End Roll (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Solitude
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
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Oh the pleasures of horror!
1 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How can I be so devoted to this film? I'm a fairly ordinary person with a very regular life, so, why am I drawn to this darkness. "The Tenant", "Rosemary's Baby", "Kiss Of The Spider Woman", "Apartment Zero" are films I've seen many, many times. All of them terrifying in their own way. Last night, I saw "The Tenant" again for the nth time. I was as riveted and unsettled as I was the very first time I saw it. There is something about playing with our inner-fears without actually confirm or deny anything that makes it a genre of its own. A provocation of sorts. If Polansky is unique behind the camera he is also remarkable in front of it. His performance here is a tragic-comic creation of the first order. For film lovers all over the world, this is a real must see!


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