Got the DVD yesterday. I hadn't seen it in years. I lived it very much like lived it the first time round. With my heart pounding. The horror is so personal, so civilized. Adrian (Colin Firth) lives his life like a man from another era. His white or pale blue shirts, his ties. His totally anonymous suits. It's difficult to know if that was a decision of his own...I would love a prequel - A teen age Adrian and his glamorous mom gallivanting all over Europe. "Suddenly Last Summer" anyone? That's how I imagine them. Adrian is clearly the victim of something catastrophic - He's devoid of personality, completely. And yet you notice that perhaps, with love, with real love, with carnal love and spiritual love he could develop into a truly fascinating man. This time, Colin Firth's performance went from glorious, as I remembered, to gloriously mind blowing. If I had to list the best performances I have ever seen, his would be among my top three. It is so strangely sexy and devastatingly sad to seen him become the foil for Jack's design. Adrian's desire is much more clear to us, the audience, than to him. I wanted them to kiss. I wanted Jack (a surprising and splendid Hart Bochner) to take him in his arms, to look into his eyes and tell him "I love you" I bet Adrian would have become something. I don't know what but something alive. The sexual tension is overwhelming and the cat and mouse game between them is so smartly constructed that the film is one of the most uncomfortable pleasures I've ever been through. No question about it, "Apartment Zero" is a 10.
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