APARTMENT, THE: DVD
Max (Vincent Cassel) is engaged to Muriel (Sandrine Kiberlain), but before he can leave on a short business trip to Tokyo, he overhears a phone conversation in a Paris café and recognises the voice of a past lover, Lisa (Monica Bellucci). He surreptitiously abandons his Tokyo trip to look for her, with the key to her apartment she left behind in the phone booth. But in the apartment, he finds another young woman (Romane Bohringer) falling – or jumping - out of the window. He saves her and finds her strangely attractive. His old friend Lucien (Jean-Philippe Ecoffey) tries to help Max, but he has his own romantic entanglements with his new girlfriend. As the past and the present begin to close in on Max, the mystery of Lisa’s whereabouts becomes imperative for all their sakes.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Gilles Mimouni’s 1996 debut film, The Apartment, remains his only directorial effort. It’s a romantic thriller with touches of classic noir yet totally contemporary in tone. Vincent Cassell plays Max, the central character, who is introduced while trying to select one of three engagement rings. He’s soon thrown into a love ambush involving three women.
Mimouni has constructed an unpredictable labyrinth of romantic attachments that propel the story and you’ll have to stay alert to keep up with the time jumps as he tells the story of a man, a woman, and the mysterious powers of the woman’s best friend, as jealousy sweeps her and them into a vortex of lies. Using great Paris locations, Mimouni has a great cast working at their peek, and superb lighting camerawork, excellent music and a double twist at the end make this a fully engaging and satisfying work.
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APARTMENT, THE: DVD (M)
CAST: Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, Romane Bohringer, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey,
Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Granier
DIRECTOR: Gilles Mimouni
RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: theatrical trailer
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman
DVD RELEASE: March 12, 2003