The Tenant (1976) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • 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
  • A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill himself.

    - Written by Andrew Hyatt <dres@uiuc.edu>
  • Trelkovsky, a Polish file clerk in Paris, moves into a new apartment in the city. The previous tenant, Simone Choule, lies in a coma in a hospital after jumping out of her window. Trelkovsky's new neighbors are an assortment of old recluses and busybodies. While visiting the ex-tenant in the hospital, Trelkovsky meets Stella, Simone's girlfriend. When Simone dies, Trelkovsky obsesses over her and seems doomed to repeat her final act.

    - Written by alfiehitchie
  • A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

    - Written by mystic80


Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski), a quiet and unassuming Polish immigrant living in France, rents an apartment in Paris whose previous tenant...

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