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Jericho Mansions (2003)

A murder in an old apartment building leads the superintendent to suspect everyone, and eventually himself, of the murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Leonard Grey
... Lily Melnick
... Donna Cherry
... Dolores O'Donell
... Bill Cherry
Pierre Rioux ... Robert Melnick
... Eugene O'Donnell
Susan Glover ... Valda
... Gilbert
Victoria Jane Allen ... Holly
... Vikes
David Gow ... Slasey
... Detective Carp
David Attis ... Big Belly
Roseanne Maloney ... Female Singer
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Leonard Grey has been the super of the apartment building Jericho Mansions owned by Lily Melnick for thirty years. Leonard is slow and agoraphobic, as well as having amnesia, and dedicates his leisure time to build a complex bridge with clips. When the husband of the landlady (Lily) dies and she receives a call from her sister that lives in Europe, Lily rebukes Leonard and tries to force him to be fired or arrested by the police, forging evidences that he is a thief. However, most of the dwellers like Leonard and he stays working in the building. When Bill Cherry, husband of the masseuse Donna Cherry and lover of Dolores O'Donell, is murdered in Jericho Mansions during the night, the police investigate. There are many suspects, including Dolores's betrayed husband Eugene; Lily and Leonard. However, Jericho Mansions hides a dark and cruel secret. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$6,200,000 (estimated)
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Effective art/genre piece
17 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I agree with the previous comment regarding this film as an attempt to merge European sensibilities .. and I might I say, as a genre piece this works very well. Much better than most of the studio crap being tossed about. I felt Mr. Caan's performance was intense and incendiary; tragic and tortured.

I was impressed by this film. If you enjoy fantastic, interesting cinematography and the lush pulp of a thriller picture, I highly recommend this one. That said, it does have its limitations. But it is an effectively powerful flick overall. I feel what has been referred to as "roller coaster" cinematography and moving the camera as these filmmakers have done, established a visual empowerment for the viewer that makes this seemingly direct-to-video indie a compelling watch.


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