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Apartment Zero (1988)

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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Carlos Sanchez-Verne
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Mrs. Treniev
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Miguel Ligero ...
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Marikena Monti ...
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Luis Romero ...
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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$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 »

Quotes

Adrian LeDuc: If that is a mask please take it off now, or keep it on forever.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Cambalache
By Enrique Santos Discepolo
Arranged by Luis Maria Serra
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Disturbing, unsettling, and you just can't get enough of it.
30 November 2005 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

You need a well-developed taste for the bizarre to appreciate this unique movie gem. Here's a complex film that's guaranteed to get under your skin. Despite some direct references to "Psycho," "Repulsion," "Sisters" and other shockers, the film comes off as wholly original, largely due to its two vivid main characters and its smart Buenos Aires setting. The two principals represent opposite sides of one another: Adrian is uptight, uncomfortable, and unable to bear human contact until Jack arrives like a beautiful Angel of Death, charming women and men alike with his seemingly easygoing, nonjudgmental demeanor. He manages to fulfill a need in each of the apartment building's dwellers. They eagerly welcome him into their lives unaware of his capacity for evil. A wolf in sheep's clothing. The Buenos Aires locale provides a similar duality, as both a familiar urban landscape and a strange, foreign, detached environment. It's a place where covert political intrigue can go unquestioned, and where any inhabitant can lead an anonymous, rootless existence. Wonderful evocative music helps set the stage. "Apartment Zero" is a guessing game right up to the end.


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