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The Apartment (1996)

L'appartement (original title)
Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance, he seems to have seen Lisa, his greatest love, in a cafe. Max forgets everything,... See full summary »

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Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Lucien
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Muriel
Olivier Granier ...
Daniel
Paul Pavel ...
Jeweller
Nelly Alard ...
Madeleine
Bruno Leonelli ...
Alain Beccaria
Tateo Isaizaki ...
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Ricardo Mateo ...
Cafe Waiter
Vincent Nemeth ...
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Bruno Fernández Vella ...
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Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance, he seems to have seen Lisa, his greatest love, in a cafe. Max forgets everything, his trip to Tokyo and his fiance. Obsessed with meeting Lisa he finds out where she lives and hides in the apartment. However, a different girl, called Alice, finds Max in the flat. Alice looks quite similar to Lisa, and they have sex. To complicate matters further, Alice is also the girlfriend of Max's buddy Lucien and Lisa is followed by an older man. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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A remake of this film, set in the U.S., was called "Wicker Park" See more »

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Lisa: Do you often stalk people?
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Features The Kid (1921) See more »

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Le temps
Written and Performed by Charles Aznavour
Music by Jeff Davis
Courtesy of EMI Music France
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Get set for the emotional rollercoaster
4 November 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a fabulous film.

The plot is a good yarn, and is imaginatively told in a series of flashbacks and alternative points of view. What was deliberate, and what was coincidence? Who is in love with who?

You get the chance to put yourselves in the shoes of each of the characters in turn (sometimes literally), and this helps define each character to a satisfying depth.

With a bit of effort following the twists and turns, you can understand each of the characters; and key events in the film are reshot from the point of view of different people.

Take the opportunity if it comes again to your arthouse cinema; it looks good on the big screen.

More than keeping you guessing, the plot twists to such an extent that you just sit and watch what unfolds - I defy anyone to predict!

But more likely you will need more than one viewing - I saw this at the pictures on its original release three times, and it got better each time.

The acting was very good, with a standout performance by Romane Bohringer as Alice torn in three directions by the three other characters in the ensemble.

A classic. The second-best film of the 1990s.


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