Apartment Zero (1988)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  15 September 1989 (UK)
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Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret McKinney
Liz Smith ...
Mary Louise McKinney
Carlos Sanchez-Verne
James Telfer ...
Laura Werpachowsky
Juan Vitali ...
Alberto Werpachowsky
Cipe Lincovsky ...
Mrs. Treniev
Miguel Ligero ...
Mr. Palma
Elvia Andreoli ...
Adrian's Mother
Marikena Monti ...
Tango Singer
Luis Romero ...
Oca Spirito ...
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Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane mother's room due to poor ticket sales at his revival movie theater. Jack Carney, the new roommate, appears normal enough at first but it soon becomes apparent that he is hiding something. As their friendship develops, Adrian suppresses his suspicions that Jack may be the government mercenary turned serial killer who has been terrorizing the city. The other eccentric residents of the building begin to worry as Adrian shows increasing signs that his mother's insanity may be hereditary. The shocking climax of this twisted tale of deceit, perversion and murder reveals the darker side of the human psyche. Written by Kevin Jundt

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15 September 1989 (UK)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)


$670,774 (USA)

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Liz Smith was cast at short notice after the original cast performer withdrew because of illness. See more »


Jack Carney: [after breaking a dead woman's back] I should have been a chiropractor.
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References The Carpetbaggers (1964) See more »


By Enrique Santos Discepolo
Arranged by Luis Maria Serra
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A drama lesson

When I first saw the movie I already knew the plot because my video's book had the bad idea to say who the murderer was. Anyway the film is so marvelously done that even if you know you still get the chills. I was really impressed with Hart Bochner performance, mostly because he has the kind of face which usually is cast in an afternoon soap opera and though his character is mostly physical, he never plays it at a first level. I'm very moved each time I see him cry. It could have been so easy to over do it, to be pathetic or melodramatic but instead he is touching and true. As for the part of Adrian, Colin Firth with his dark-low voice (that gives some more weirdness to the part- mostly because of the contrast with his childish face) is just brilliant. The irony to see him play the victim as Bochner takes over Valmont's seduction is pure amazement. Everything is in the details: every look, every attempt to smile, the way he walks, the way he talks and stutters. Adrian may seem fragile but he is a survivor. Every detail in the movie adds to the actors performances: the frightening neighbors (the way they invade his life is no surprise to his disliking them so much), the music, the camera shots of the "living" city opposed constantly to the claustrophobic dark apartment and even the apartment itself which is almost a character per se. It has its life and its secrets. For example we never actually have a full view of the two bedrooms, we know there is a kitchen but we never see it and we only see the bathroom through a glass window. The only space used in the apartment is the living room which gives to this thriller a feeling of a closed-room drama. I guess that if you are not bewitched by the actors the film won't do it for you. It's not the kind of thriller only based on action plot. The real interest of the film remains in the relation between those two different men and not in the murders themselves. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who loves to see good and subtle acting. It's a powerful 1h45 drama lesson!

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