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L'Appartement (1996)

Thriller | 116 minutes
3,55 563 votes

Genre: Thriller / Mystery

Duration: 116 minuten

Alternative title: The Apartment

Country: France / Spain / Italy

Directed by: Gilles Mimouni

Stars: Vincent Cassel, Romane Bohringer and Monica Bellucci

IMDb score: 7,3 (15.943)

Releasedate: 27 July 1996


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L'Appartement plot

"A place where passion and destiny meet."

Max is a successful young businessman who is about to get married when he suddenly hears the voice of Lisa, his great love who disappeared from his life overnight. From that moment on, everything has to give way to the desire to find her again. Max becomes entangled in a history where much is not what it seems.

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avatar van flaphead


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A film that clearly has to have the 2nd part. In about the first hour I sighed several times that it was going to be a romance (which I don't like at all), but because it was noticed that this was not worked out by default, I kept watching.

The guiding principle is and remains love and although I am not in favor of that, the second part became easier to digest. The mystery content increases and timelines and chronology are played more and more. Unfortunately, the director seems to be going too far here. It was hard to keep up at some point. That's why it seemed too forced. Something that can also be said about the woodier acting, which doesn't really help to put down a nice story. I knew nothing about this movie when I started watching it (except that I was expecting a thriller) and I could have sworn it was from the early '80s.

The intentions were clearly fine, but the execution rattles too much to make it a really enjoyable film.

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avatar van blurp194


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Wicker Park and L'Apartment. Remake and original, and I thought it would be fun to review them both in succession.

Wicker Park is the exception to the rule: a remake that's better. Because it is undeniably true: the soundtrack is much better, the visuals are nicer, the locations are fresher, the story is better fleshed out, Josh Hartnett is much more at home than Vincent Cassel, and Diane Kruger beats Monica Bellucci on me. - also in terms of acting in this film. There's really only one point where the original scores better than the remake, and that's Romane Bohringer who is much better cast, has a much more appropriate look than the somewhat brash twat that Rose Byrne puts down. The first scene in L'Appartement's apartment is also better, and that's mainly because of that - although the apartment itself is very nice in the original too.

Both films are quite similar in quite a few respects - the storybook has clearly been reused. But the story has indeed become fundamentally different on points, and I think that usually works out in favor of the remake. Just a little less explanatory than the original, a little more mystery, a little braver. That's not the case at the end - just a bit bland. But the original turns it into an unbelievable mess.

Both quite nice films, intriguing and cinematographically beautiful. But I think the remake is a bit better. So it is possible.

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avatar van Dievegge


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At first it seems to revolve around Max (Vincent Cassel)'s obsession with Lisa (Monica Bellucci), but in the end it becomes a rather complicated plot with flashbacks, lies and misunderstandings.

This plot, inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, would suit a comedy better: A (Lucien) falls for B (Alice) falls for C (Max) falls for D (Lisa). Simple solution: B (Alice) has to change, then we end up with two couples. Unfortunately, E (Daniel) and F (Muriel) also play along and it ends differently.

It contains a reference to The Apartment: the recognition of the powder box with the broken mirror.

Nice to see, but not a classic.

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