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
No one does it to you like Roman Polanski.
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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 and Shane Rimmer among others. 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
If you cut off my head, what would I say... Me and my head, or me and my body? What right has my head to call itself me?
The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more
Referenced in Barton Fink