The Apartment / L’appartement (Gilles Mimouni, 1996)


L’appartement by Gilles Mimouni is a drama about ruinous power of jealosy. It depicts complicated system of relationships bounding 3 people in its development, – not much more can be said about the story without seeming commonplace, or giving away too much information. There later was a Hollywood adaptation of this screenplay called Wicker Park, by Paul McGuigan.

In retrospect, being laid out in sequential order, the story is still significant, but not as complex. However, the style chosen by the director (ragged rhythm, mixing timelines) pays off very well in the sense that it serves as an amplifier, and makes tragedy already quite serious into the one that shocks deeply. This speaks for the skill of the director.

The writing is good; it is quite perfect, actually, as I don’t remember anything in it not being in harmony with the concept in general, and internally. The acting is wonderful, all 3 main parts are impecable; Bellucci is also insanely beautiful. Although the visual style seems a little bleak to me, the overall technical implementation is very much fine.

All in all, this is a great film, – feels a little bit outdated, but just a bit, and that doesn’t change the fact that the tragedy in the center of the story is pure and powerful.


Time: 01:56:17
Released in: 1996
Directed by: Gilles Mimouni
Written by: Gilles Mimouni
Performed by: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Monica Bellucci,  Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Granier, Paul Pavel, Nelly Alard, Bruno Leonelli, Tateo Isaizaki, Tsuyu Shimizu, Ricardo Mateo, Vincent Nemeth, Bruno Fernández Vella, Juan Carlos Martín Alonso
Entertaining quality4+ out of 5
Art quality:  5- out of 5

IMDB page: link

(v. 4.8)
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