The Tenant (1976)


Roman Polanski directs himself, Isabelle Adjani and Melvyn Douglas in this psychological suspenser about a man who becomes paranoid that his new neighbours are trying to kill him. 

Surreal horror meets slapstick farce ineffectually in this overlong pain. Polanski does the pratfalling cornered prey act suprisingly well and there are flashes of his previous disturbing brilliance. If you want to read into it all some parallels to either his childhood surviving the Holocaust or his fleeing of America on statutory rape charges; then please be my guest. Taken at face value though it is merely a self indulgent puzzle.


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