The Tenant (Roman Polanski – 1976) A-

It starts off innocently enough as Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski) asks to rent an apartment in Paris. It seems the woman who was living there jumped from the window for unknown reasons. He moves in and of course is curious about what happened to her. With a lot of inspiration from Hitchcock’s Rear Window and a good dose of Polanski’s own Rosemary’s Baby this film winds its character in a web of voyeurism and paranoia. Polanski is masterful in putting us squarely inside Trelovsky’s head, like him we are not sure what is going on all the time. Paranoia and discomfort seep in and it becomes tough to separate fantasy from reality. It’s an excellent moody piece of work.

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