A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
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
According to the 3rd December 1975 edition of show-business trade paper 'Variety' the period of principal photography on this picture had a production shoot length of fourteen weeks. 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 »
Why don't you take your tie off? You look like you're choking to death.
I found a tooth in my apartment. It was in a hole.
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The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more »
This is one creepy movie. Creepier than anything David Lynch, and that shows what a great director Polanski is since this is not his usual type of work, and it is BRILLIANT.
It all starts of with Trelkovski moves into a tenement block in Paris. He soon learns that the previous tenant, a young woman, committed suicide and he believes the rest of the people living there drove her to it. He also believes that they are trying to do the same to him. What results is a amazing and frightening look at paranoia.
The whole production has classical horror written all over it: from the imagery to the music the viewer can feel poor Trelkovski's terror building up.
Are they all out to kill him? Or maybe just drive him mad? Is there a difference? Find out for yourself. 10/10
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